Skip to Content

It happens close to home

Published on April 20, 2016

It happens close to home

Barb Scheiber, RN, BSN, NE-BC
Director, Patient Care Support
St. Cloud Hospital Organ, Tissue, Eye Donation Liaison

Donate LifeMy interest in promoting organ/tissue/eye donation started many years ago when my sister was on a waiting list for a kidney transplant. She was diabetic, a nurse, in her early 30s and on dialysis three times per week. Her condition started to deteriorate and it was getting close to Christmas. My parents and siblings had only one thing on our wish list that year but no control over how to make that happen. We relied on the generosity of someone who was a designated donor. She received her kidney and we were afforded 20 more good years with her to celebrate the gift of life. Please, check the box on your license, tell your family and know how important your decision is for that other person who is waiting for a call each day.

The gifts of life and sight offer hope and healing

Just about everyone knows someone who has been impacted by organ, tissue or eye donation. Thousands of men, women and children in the United States are waiting for organ transplants that could save their lives. Each year approximately one-third of those people receive life-saving transplants and hope for a renewed life. This opportunity would never be possible if it wasn’t for the generosity of individuals who at a time of personal grief think of others in need. Despite this generosity, the need continues to grow.

  • Remembering Those Who Gave the Gifts of Life or Sight

    St. Cloud Hospital’s “Honoring the Gift of Life” wall, located in the north hallway on the first floor of St. Cloud Hospital, honors and pays tribute to organ, tissue and/or eye donors who gave the gifts of life and/or sight at St. Cloud Hospital. It also provides education to patients, families and visitors about the importance of donation.

    Visit Organ Donor Wall Website

    Approximately 21 people die every day because the organ they need is not available
  • More than 100,000 men, women and children in the United States are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant
  • A new name is added the national transplant list every 12 minutes

Make a decision, make it legal, make it known

As part of Donate Life Month in April, please take a few minutes to register your choice to be an organ, tissue and eye donor. If you choose to be a donor and have not already documented your choice on your driver’s license or state ID card, you may register at www.donatelifemn.org. Registration is confidential and will help ensure that your wish to donate is fulfilled. Families generally want to honor the wishes of their loved one. By registering as a donor, you ease their mind so they don’t have to decide for you. If you already are listed as a donor on your driver’s license or state ID card, you do not need to register online.

Your decision saves lives

  • You can help up to 60 people through organ and tissue donation
  • Supported by many religions

Health information accessed through www.centracare.com is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. We strive to present reliable, up-to-date health information on our web site and “For the Health of It” blog. However, this information is not intended for the purpose of diagnosing or prescribing. Please contact your health care provider if you have any concerns or questions about specific content that may affect your health. Log in to MyChart to send a secure message to your provider.

About the Author

barb scheiber

Barb Scheiber, RN, BSN,
NE-BC
Director, Patient Care Support
St. Cloud Hospital Organ, Tissue, Eye Donation Liason

Share This Post

For the Health of It