By Janice Lynch Schuster The Washington Post. 6 A.M.SEPT. 12, 2013
Most states encourage people to register to become donors when they get a driver’s license. In addition, the federal government website, www.organdonor.gov, features links to online registries in every state.
A group called Be the Match helps match donors with those in need. Those who would like to become living donors will find helpful resources and referrals from the American Transplant Foundation.
Deciding whether to become an organ donor is a complex and personal decision. It can also be a part of advance-care planning, a process that helps people state their preferences and wishes for treatment and care should they become unable to do so themselves. Two good resources are Five Wishes from the nonprofit Aging With Dignity, which offers an easy-to-read advance-directive form (in print and online) at a modest fee; and Compassion and Support, from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, which provides a series of free videos on the advance-directive process.