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  Sloan Searcey   February 11, 2016   Health, Awareness, Organ donor, Life 0 Comments

3 simple ways to save lives

Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center shares the importance of National Donor Day

Donate lifeWhen you think about saving a life, you most often think about rescuing someone from a burning building, from drowning or from some other type of emergency situation. But saving someone’s life can be much simpler than that. You don’t have to be Superman to be a hero. Little things can make a huge impact.

Selfless acts, being kind and helping those in need can make a world of difference. Consider all the good you can do by celebrating National Donor Day on February 14. You could give new life, new hope and new beginnings to so many people.

Here are three simple ways you can help save lives:

  1. Register as an organ donor.

Every 10 minutes someone is added to the transplant waiting list, and every day about 22 people on the transplant waiting list die due to a lack of donated organs. By enrolling as a donor, you could save up to eight lives through organ donations and countless others through tissue donation.

National Donor Day is dedicated to the life-changing contributions people can make for one another. It’s a time to increase awareness of how donating organs, tissues, blood, platelets and marrow can save lives.

While most people may consider organ donation to be something that happens after you die, there are plenty of other opportunities for people to make a difference and to donate life right now. For more information about becoming an organ donor, check out: http://www.organdonor.gov/becomingdonor/index.html

  1. Give blood.

Every two seconds someone in the world needs blood. Blood donation is one of the easiest ways to help save lives. The process is simple and only takes a little over an hour for first-time donors. First, you register and go over your medical history with a medical professional; then, he or she checks your vital signs and draws your blood. Afterwards, you receive a snack. It’s fast, easy and has a huge impact.

You can give blood every 56 days and platelets every seven days – for a maximum of 24 times a year. One donation can help save the lives of three people.

  1. Get involved.

Get involved at donor registration events and help spread awareness to people in your community about the positive impact donations make. Volunteer your time at local blood and marrow drives when you can.

Visit http://donatelife.net/get-involved-locally/ for more information about national events that can help change the lives of those in need. More than 120 million people in the U.S. are registered to be organ donors. Sign up and join them today. Donate the gift of a life.

Velocity Urgent Care Treatment Center is dedicated to its community and is always looking for ways to give back. We are also dedicated to providing outstanding medical care with little or no wait for you and your family. Visit www.velocitycare.com/locations to find the walk-in clinic nearest to you.

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