Last week I did a talk at the Justgiving away day. For those of you who don't know, justgiving is an online service that facilitates charitable donations online. I have been using them for years for the CF Trust, and LLTGL is now registered with them as well.
The talk went really well, and I loved meeting everyone from the JG team - a very friendly bunch who kept bringing me cups of tea and were just very sweet, thanking me for coming to speak to them about my personal fundraising experiences. You can read their account of the day on their blog.
One of the organs which seems to be surrounded by the most misconceptions is the liver. (By the way I am off on one about transplants in case you hadn't gathered)
Unfortunately I have met people who have said they have said no to donating their liver on their organ donor card as they "don't want some alcoholic to waste it". Whilst I see that this is an understandable concern it saddens me. After all, perhaps if my donor had declined to donate their lungs in case a smoker ended up with them I would have died.
It's all so personal, so dependant on perspective, belief and choice. I actually find it really interesting how some people seem to be more reluctant to give certain organs. I know a few of my friends find the idea of donating their corneas too much to contemplate. I also never realised (until I read this blog) how important it is to tick "all" as some things (such as the small bowel) which I would have assumed was an organ do not have their own box on the organ donor card.
So anyway, this video I think demonstrates just why the liver is such an important organ and shows just who is waiting and hoping for that call, and who you actually might end up damaging by not ticking that box.
Click to watch a video on Bethany's Transplant Assessment. Speakers on...