In a thought-provoking presentation, Valerie D. Johnson, Director of Education for Donate Life SC, shared statistics and life-changing scenarios with Myrtle Beach Rotarians. According to Johnson, thousands of people die each year awaiting organ transplants. “The number of people in need of transplants continues to outpace the number of organs donated,” Johnson said. Today, approximately 115,000 people are on the national transplant waiting list, and over 1,000 of those are on the South Carolina waiting list. Fifty-six percent of adults in the United States, and over 2 million in South Carolina, have registered their decision to make life possible and become organ, eye and tissue donors at the time of their death. “We encourage everyone to make their decision known by signing up on the state’s donor registry at the SC Department of Motor Vehicles, at DonateLifeSC.org, or through the iPhone Health App Medical Tab,” she urged.
The mission of Donate Life South Carolina is to increase the supply of organs and tissues for transplantation and provide assistance for South Carolina transplant recipients. Donate Life South Carolina established and currently maintains the SC Organ, Eye, and Tissue Donor Registry. Its vision is to make available an organ or tissue for every South Carolinian in need of a transplant.
Photo: Valerie Johnson of Donate Life SC