Rotary for "LIFE"
2014-2015 Proposed Objectives (Columbia and Fulton, Missouri Clubs)
Club education about the importance of organ and tissue donation statewide and nationally.
General education about the donation issue by placing a common format on each club website that allows registration with an organ donor registry, explanations of procedures used nationally for transplant matching and types of clinical services generally used.
Commitment to at least one club program annually on organ donation-transplantation at each club OR one such program for the combined clubs highlighting certain speakers. Each club program chair or all club program chairs acting as a committee determine timing, detail of such programs, and speakers.
Highlighting Donate for Life month (April) in club program, bulletins and materials.
Prepare at least two members from each club that can be made available to give a program on these topics to church, public groups, other Rotary groups. This to be accomplished by individual club or collective educational effort.
Service Above Self
Organ transplantation, the procedures used in recovering organs or tissue from one person and placing them into another, is one of the miraculous achievements of modern medicine. As a result multiple organs are now transplanted successfully saving or improving lives. Heart, kidneys, lungs, liver, pancreas and lower portions of small intestines are being safely transplanted. Transplanted tissues include corneas, heart valves, bone, skin, tendons, veins and cartilage.
There is a serious shortage of organs in Missouri and nationally. For many, this means undergoing difficult, stressful and expensive treatment and sometimes waiting for years. While a small percentage get the chance of extended life with successful transplantation, many do not survive the wait for a suitable organ. As of January 31, 2014 more than 77,250 Americans including 1,920 Missourians currently wait for life-saving transplants.
It is essential that millions step up and register as donors. Columbia and Fulton Rotary Clubs are helping to educate for such action. By placing Missouri Organ Donor Registry facts on the Rotary club websites and in newsletters any member can review the facts and register on those sites. It is simple, easily understood and appropriately keeps Rotarians on the forefront of service. No ethnic, economic or political influence is considered in the matching process for transplantation per guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
For Rotarians the website links for the Missouri organ donor registry and for transplant information are www.missouriorgandonor.com and http://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov
The Midwest Transplant Network General Educational Guide
The Midwest Transplant Network General Educational Guide is an extremely helpful resource. This guide published in October, 2014, is an up to date reference on organ donation. Pages 12-16 and 30-33 may be of special interest to Rotarians. Permission to use these materials for Rotary was granted by Ray Gabel, Community Education Director, Midwest Transplant Network, November, 2014.
Rotarians may simply follow this link to view this excellent reference.
The content covers frequently asked questions about registration for organ donation and identifies medical applications of donated tissue and organs for transplantation. Organs include heart, liver, kidney, lungs, pancreas and small intestines.
Midwest Transplant Network is located at 1900 West 47th Place, Suite 400, Westwood KS, 66205