New York, NY (October 27, 2009) — Hurry up and wait. Sound like your holiday season so far? When the line to see Santa snakes down the escalator, when the post office clerk asks you to take a number in the six digits, when your nose turns to ice while waiting all night to buy the latest video game, consider this: more than 100,000 men, women and children are waiting for an organ transplant in the U.S.
This holiday season, help end the wait for those on the transplant list by giving a holiday present that really counts—the gift of life. As part of its Holiday Gift of Life Campaign, the National Kidney Foundation is reminding Americans that for Christmas, Chanukah or Kwanzaa perhaps the greatest present anyone can give is the promise to help end the wait by signing up to become an organ and tissue donor or by considering being a living donor.
The National Kidney Foundation is doing its part with its End The Wait! initiative, a comprehensive plan to end the wait for kidney transplants.
"The national transplant waiting list hit 100,000 this year for the first time," says John Davis, NKF CEO, "Most of the people on the list will wait too long for an organ and too many will die while waiting. We've decided to meet this core challenge head on and lead a broad-based initiative that will eliminate barriers to donation, institute best practices across the country, cover the cost of donation and increase the pool of living and deceased donors."
Can't stand in line any more? Then stand tall this holiday season and help end the most significant wait of all—the wait for the gift of life.
The National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to preventing kidney diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation. To learn more about becoming an organ donor or about the End The Wait! initiative, visit www.kidney.org.