WBZ Cares: Be A Donor, Be A Hero

New England Donor Services (Photo Credit: New England Donor Services/Facebook)

New England Donor Services (Photo Credit: New England Donor Services/Facebook)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Each month, “WBZ Cares” highlights a worthy non-profit organization and tells the story of what that organization does for the community. This month WBZ is profiling New England Donor Services, which coordinates organ and tissue donation in New England.

No matter how your health is, New England Donor Services urges you to consider registering as an organ donor.

Spokeswoman Laura Watson says, “We tell everyone do not count yourself out. We are not concerned about your health or your lifestyle at this point when you are alive and well, then you are not going to be a donor. But at the time of one’s death, it’s up to the doctors and the surgeons of whether or not you might be a candidate to be a donor. But there’s really no harm in registering to be a donor if that’s something you would like to do.”

Watson says registering as an organ donor is easy, “We encourage everyone to visit the website, registerme.org and it just takes a couple of minutes to register. You can also, of course, register at your local motor vehicle office and at some AAA offices, and you can even register on your smartphone. The iPhone health app now has an opportunity to register as a donor there.”

The need for donors is great.

“There’s over a hundred-thousand people on the transplant waiting list right now. They are waiting for a lifesaving transplant. The more people who are registered, the more people will have the opportunity to save lives,” Watson said.

New England Donor Services President and CEO Alexandra Glazier thanks those who sign up, “The donor families there and the donor’s themselves, they’re really the heroes in this story and they’re the ones who make this gift happen. And taking the opportunity to say thank you for that kind of gift is incredibly important.”

WBZ NewsRadio1030's Doug Cope reports

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