By Bill Peckham
Tonight I went to a film screening that launched a new campaign - Decision to Donate Washington. Decision to Donate Washington is an effort to increase organ donation in WA and MT. They are trying to get 100,000 clicks (one for each person on the organ waiting lists), so click here to find out more about the Decision to Donate Movement. If you're a WA or MT resident you can register to be an organ donor, but for everyone they have suggestions on how you can increase organ donation awareness. And you can find information on being a living donor.
The movie screening was of a documentary featuring John, who decides to give a kidney to his long time friend Larry, who has PKD. The movie is great. It's produced by Seattle's Massimo Backus and Alex Rubin, Masimo is John's son. I thought Masimo and Alex did a great job telling the story of John and Larry. Decision to Donate can be viewed online on the film's website.
I took the film's message to be that you too can be an altruistic organ donor, that it feels good to give someone a kidney, that all you have match is blood type these days and that live donations work better for the recipient. Check out the film (it's an entertaining 17 minutes) and then check out the Movement - Decision to Donate Washington.