Denzel Washington once said, “At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you have accomplished. It’s about who you’ve lifted up. Who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back. ”
On that note, National Organ Day can be your first step towards giving back, and – ironically enough – it happens to be on the 14th of February. It’s perhaps some celestial sign to spread what is as precious as pure love: to give life.
National Donor Day started in 1998 by the Saturn Corporation and its United Auto Workers partners, with the support of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as many non-profit health organizations. Donor Day is a holiday that celebrates all those who have helped save lives by donating blood, marrow, tissue, or even organs. It's a holiday that emphasizes just how amazing and giving the human spirit is because it pays homage to so many people who donated themselves, often aiding to save a life they never knew existed.
So, how can you celebrate Donor Day? It’s quite easy, and don’t worry, you don’t have to go out and actually find someone who needs an organ. You can start by taking a small step and donate some blood – a completely painless process. You’d be surprised by how many lives are counting on this simple act.
Better yet, you can help save around 8 people all by yourself should you apply to become an organ donor. All you have to do is follow the steps required by the Ministry of Health and the National Organization for Organ and Tissue Donation (NOD-lb). And guess what? It’s all for free! The idea is not to live forever, but to help another live a little longer.
Now let me ask you this: what’s your legacy? I mean, yes, we can all talk about making our mark. However, our legacy isn't what we write on our resume nor how many figures we have in our bank account. It's who we're lucky enough to have in our lives and what we can leave them with.
One thing we know for sure is that we're here now. So, I say we do the best we can, and while we still can! At least that's what comes to my mind when I think about my own legacy.
- Lamis Baydoun