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LifeSharers Members Newsletter
April, 2014

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

As of March 31, 2014:

• LifeSharers has 15,559 members. We have members in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

• 140 LifeSharers members are on the United Network for Organ Sharing’s transplant waiting list. Of these, 126 have qualified for preferred access to the organs of fellow LifeSharers members. Members are eligible for preferred access 180 days after joining LifeSharers.

Please tell your friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues about LifeSharers. Every new member decreases the chance you’ll die waiting for an organ.

LifeSharers membership is free and open to all at http://www.lifesharers.org or by calling 1-888-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition.

HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT LIFESHARERS DURING NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH

If someone you know joins LifeSharers, he’ll increase his chances of getting an organ transplant should he ever need one because he’ll get preferred access to the organs of other LifeSharers members. This preferred access could literally save his life, since more than half of the people on the national transplant waiting list die waiting for a transplant.

If you’d like to help recruit new LifeSharers members during National Donate Life Month in April, we’ll be happy to send you some of our printed brochures. Just email us at info@lifesharers.org and let us know how many to send and where to send them.

We also have an email about LifeSharers you can send to your contacts. You can see it at http://www.lifesharers.org/email.aspx.

For other easy ways to spread the word about LifeSharers go to http://www.lifesharers.org/spreadtheword.aspx.

LIFESHARERS ON FACEBOOK

Please join the LifeSharers group on Facebook. You can find us by typing “LifeSharers” in the Facebook search box, or by going to http://www.facebook.com/groups/2503495657/.

In addition to our Facebook group, we have a Facebook page. You can check it out at http://www.facebook.com/pages/LifeSharers/6720003086.

SHOW YOUR ORGAN DONOR STATUS ON YOUR FACEBOOK TIMELINE

You can now show that you're a registered organ donor on your Facebook timeline. Instructions are at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=361609353886649. If you are a LifeSharers member, please paste the next two paragraphs in the "Story" box on the "Registered as an Organ Donor" page on your Facebook timeline:

In the hope that I may help others, I hereby make this anatomical gift, if medically acceptable, to take effect upon my death. The words and marks below indicate my desire. I give: any needed organ for the purpose of transplantation or therapy. Limitations or special wishes: For purposes of transplantation and therapy, it is my express wish that my organs be donated first to members of the LifeSharers network, unless no LifeSharers member is a suitable match. For each part of my body donated, I designate as donee that LifeSharers member who is the most suitable match as defined by the criteria in use by LifeSharers at the time of my death. I retain the right to donate my organs to members of my family. For names of LifeSharers members who need my organs call 1-888-ORGAN88 or 1-888-674-2688.

I registered to be an organ donor through the LifeSharers donor registry, which operates in all 50 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico. LifeSharers members get preferred access to the organs of other members. You can register for free at www.lifesharers.org. By joining LifeSharers you will increase your chances of getting an organ transplant if you ever need one. By offering your organs first to other registered organ donors you will help create an incentive for non-donors to sign up to donate.

DONATE YOUR USED PHONE OR TABLET TO LIFESHARERS

You can help support LifeSharers by donating your used phone or tablet through Glyde Donate. They’ll send you a free postage-paid shipping kit. For details, go to https://donate.glyde.com/lifesharers.

DO YOU NEED AN ORGAN TRANSPLANT?

If you are on the UNOS transplant waiting list, please let us know by modifying your LifeSharers member profile. We need information about the organs you need, your doctors, and your transplant centers. Without this information, your name will not appear on the list of LifeSharers members who need a transplant.

If you are on the list of LifeSharers members who need a transplant, please check your LifeSharers member profile to make sure we have the correct contact information for you, your doctor, and your transplant center.

If you no longer need a transplant, please let us know by updating your LifeSharers member profile.

To update your LifeSharers member profile, log in to the Member Services area of the LifeSharers web sit at http://www.lifesharers.org/login.aspx.

LIFESHARERS BLOG

For breaking news and commentary about LifeSharers, please subscribe to the LifeSharers blog. You can see it at http://lifesharers.blogspot.com.

FREE LIFESHARERS BUMPER STICKERS

If you’d like a free LifeSharers bumper sticker for your car or truck, email us at info@lifesharers.org. Just tell us how many you want and where we should send them.

PLEASE HELP SUPPORT LIFESHARERS

LifeSharers is staffed by unpaid volunteers, and we rely on financial support from our members to cover our operating expenses. Please send us a financial contribution. We’ll put it to good use recruiting new members and maintaining our web site and member database. To see how easy it is to contribute to LifeSharers go to http://www.lifesharers.org/contribute.aspx.

LifeSharers is a qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to LifeSharers are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

LIFESHARERS GIFT SHOP

The LifeSharers gift shop is open at http://www.cafepress.com/lifesharers.  Please help spread the word about LifeSharers by buying and using products that carry our logo and message. Clothing, tote bags, mugs, buttons, magnets, and more are available. If there are other products you think we should add, please email us at info@lifesharers.org. We’ll add them if we can. When you make a purchase from the LifeSharers gift shop, $1 per item goes to support LifeSharers. The rest goes to CafePress.com.

LIFESHARERS DISCUSSION GROUP

You can communicate with other LifeSharers members by joining the LifeSharers discussion group on Yahoo! The purpose of the group is to facilitate discussion about organ donation and the LifeSharers organ donors network. You can join at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/LifeSharers_discussion/join.

TO CHANGE YOUR EMAIL SETTINGS

If you want your LifeSharers newsletter delivered to a different email address, log in to the Member Services page of our web site at http://www.lifesharers.org/login.aspx. Then follow the link for changing your member profile.

If you want to stop receiving the LifeSharers newsletter, go to http://www.lifesharers.org/unsubscribe.aspx. If you have any questions, email us at info@lifesharers.org.

Thanks again for your support.

Dave Undis
Executive Director
daveundis@lifesharers.org


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