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This post is sponsored by the Lane Thomas Foundation, who is raising awareness about pediatric organ donation. Learn more at lanethomas.org.
No one wants to imagine what it would be like to lose a child. I certainly cannot even imagine the pain that loss would bring.
I have thought about organ donation for myself, but I had not ever thought about it for my children… because of said fear of even imagining that happening.
One topic that I would not want to have to contemplate in the middle of a crisis like losing a child is whether or not to donate their organs. It’s a crippling decision at any time, but especially when you’ve just lost your child.
So, in partnership with The Lane Thomas Foundation, I’m asking that you take some time to consider whether or not you would be willing to donate your child’s organs in the event of a tragic loss. It’s a difficult decision, and only one you can make.
When considering what you’d do, take these facts into consideration.
More than 2,000 children are waiting for an organ at any given time.
Over 100 of those children die waiting for an organ donation each year.
If they would have gotten an organ on time, they would’ve had better than an 85% chance of survival.
If my child were waiting for an organ donation, I would hope that there would be a family who is generous enough to allow the loss of their child to save mine. And I hope that I would have the strength to do the same for another family.
There simply aren’t enough pediatric organ donations to save all of the children who are waiting. There are very few opportunities in life to save a child’s life with one decision, but that’s exactly what parents can do by supporting pediatric organ donation.
The Lane Thomas Foundation was formed to spread the word about the need for more pediatric organ donations. They want to see that no child dies waiting for a transplant.