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Organ donation/cycling

Old 05-17-05, 07:01 AM
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Organ donation/cycling

I posted this in the racing forum but wanted to share it with the regulars here as well:

You know I'm jealous of you guys who are the younger, studly racers giving it your all in local crits or road races. Had I discovered this sport as a younger man and before my hip replacement I would be right there with you now. At this point, I read your posts and cheer you on from a computer monitor. Keep all the riding reports coming. Others live through your stories.

I know when you are in your 20's you're indestructable....you take chances trying to beat out the other guy without thinking about consequences.

But please read this story.

https://www.jsonline.com/news/ozwash/may05/326025.asp

Over 100 riders showed up at his funeral IN JERSEYS yesterday. I didn't know him, but today, after reading his story, I am signing the donar card portion of my license.
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Old 05-17-05, 09:56 AM
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As an avid cycler (but not a racer) and someone who has had a kidney transplant for over 30 years now I would urge everyone to fill out a donor card. In most states it can be done with your drivers licence or go here https://www.livingbank.org/site/PageServer

If it were not for my transplant I'm sure I would have died a Loooong time ago.

Remember in the US organ donation is an "opt in" program. If you don't sign up they can not take your organs.

So please do.

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I just tell my relatives to give up the organs if I die, but I'm not going to sign anything. I just feel like if they really want to harvest organs for someone and they see you MAY not make it, they may push to donate my organs before they've tried every option. It may be paranoid, but I am not going to sign anything. I'll just let my relatives inform the hospital that I wish to donate.

Besides, I want to be cremated anyway. There's no use to boggard the organs when someone sick may need it.... but they ain't gettin' them if I still have some use for 'em.

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Old 05-17-05, 11:57 AM
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Already an organ donor -although just because you signed the card doesn't mean they'll be able to take your organs. Make sure your family is well aware of your intentions BEFORE you take the dirt nap.

They can have anything they want when I'm gone...I won't need it.

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Man, don't donate your body. Sometimes, students have done some nasty things with the cadavers... it made me never want to donate my whole body. Just cremate it and harvest what you can for the terminally ill.

Yeah, my relatives know. I tell my mom and dad every chance I get. I told my brother and sister-in-law. And my other sisters and I don't get along well enough, so they'll be pullin' the plug on me if they get the chance, so I'm not worried about that either.

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A few things to note.

Donating your organs or signing a donor card is not the same as donating your whole body. You can do that but they are not the same.

Also telling relatives may or may not work. It is assuming your relatives are available. There is a very limited amount of time organs can be transplanted after someone dies. If you do not have a donor card and your next of kin is not notified in time then there is nothing that can be done. It would simply be illegal to take any organs. I don't think there is a surgical team out there who would risk their careers to take organs either prematurely or illeaglly.

I think we learned in very recient history how important it is to have your wishes explicitly written down AS WELL AS making everyone aware.

I would like to stress however to donate or not donate is a personal choice and I would never criticize anyone for not donating for any reason. But there are a lot of myths out there and often its the false imformation that some people base their decision not to donate.

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Old 05-17-05, 04:41 PM
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Already an organ donor, over the objections of my parents. Oh well.

Didn't realize our sport was so dangerous. I was easily going 30+ MPH on some of my rides.
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I'm already an organ donor -- or at least I will be when I'm dead. I'm just not sure what they'll be able to take for scraps off of my beat and broken body. I think my heart and kidneys are still doing OK.
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Originally Posted by Comatose51
Already an organ donor, over the objections of my parents. Oh well.

Didn't realize our sport was so dangerous. I was easily going 30+ MPH on some of my rides.
There is always a chance of major injury of death in cycling. Even happens to pros and high ranked cat 1 and 2 riders. Some time back a guy was killed in a pro 1-2 race after he hit a car head on at over 60 MPH down a hill. We are not invicable... but the slight risk is always inherent in this type of sport. I have seen so many people go to the hospital after a major impact during a criterium, mainly from head injuries...

But this is the same in many other sports. A friend of mine was killed in a racing accident in a car about 8 years ago.

Organ donation is one of the best gifts you can give someone.
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im an organ donor, became one last mounth when i got my licence, but i still dont even have a car, so my chances of dieing are less... i guess thats stupid logic though, because there are some crappy drivers who could hit me i guess.
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Old 05-19-05, 08:35 PM
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Hey hipcyclist, nice AML! You should get a lot of great years of riding out of that one!

Speaking of organ donation and cycling, there is a great organization that my dad is involved in. The Five Points of Life is an organization that's mission is to increase awareness of life saving donations including blood, organ and tissue, apheresis, bone marrow, and cord blood. The main focus of the 5 points program is a cross counrty ride. All of the riders have specific stories related to donation. They have done 5 cross country rides, stopping along the way at events at local blood centers to have blood drives, sign up bone marrow donors and organ and tissue donors. There is no fundraising, just raising awareness. Here is their website- https://www.lifesouth.org/fivepoints/fpol_ride.htm
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Originally Posted by koffee brown
Man, don't donate your body. Sometimes, students have done some nasty things with the cadavers... it made me never want to donate my whole body. Just cremate it and harvest what you can for the terminally ill.
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I've heard this is getting better. Besides, you're dead.
The book "Stiffs: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers" by Mary Roach is a neat little book. If you're really interested in what happens to donated parts, pick it up.
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Maybe, maybe not. I was talking about the med students who dissect. We tended to be mostly respectful, but from time to time, we had some fun too. After all that dissecting, I just decided that donation would not be an option for me. I'll donate organs, but never my body... cremation all the way.

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Please donate. My dad saved his sisters life about 7 years ago by giving her a kidney. Now, that's the only healthy part about her.
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Old 05-20-05, 06:29 PM
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Koffee the students need to learn you know. Do you really want the first internal organs the student touches to be live ones in a teaching hospital? It does and will happen that way. Animals make poor substitutes. Furthermore your family will have to choose to "pull the plug" to allow the donations to begin off a living body; its not the doctors call. Sign away please..
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As I said, all my organs will be donated (vital organs, that is), but the body will be cremated for sure. There's a difference.

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is there any sort of stipulation clause involved with organ donation?

i:
-dont want my lungs going to a smoker
-dont want my liver going to a drinker
-dont want my heart going to a meat eater

if i'm going to be giving something to someone they better not **** it up
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I believe the organ donation lists are pretty strict. I mean, if you're abusing drugs or drinking or whatever, you can get kicked off the organ transplant wait list.

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I've signed to donate my organs. It is certainly a great (and our last?) chance to be selfless.

My younger daughter had a friend who was killed in a car accident earlier this year. His organs were donated and my daughter and her friends found great comfort that some part of "H" will continue to live on. Everyone in my family has agreed to donate organs.
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