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Can you be an organ donor?

When you go in to get a driver’s license, there is a question asked that few are really prepared to answer: “Do you want to be an organ donor?” In the event of your passing, you have the option to donate your organs to assist those who need them. While it is obvious that organs such as your heart and liver can offer many additional years to the lives of terminally ill patients, this is only the icing on the cake. There are more reasons than ever to become an organ donor.

The world is full of a plethora of diseases that kill thousands of people around the world every year. While technology is increasing, and scientists have found new cures for old ailments, there are still many that remain unsolved. Organ donations for scientific purposes allow for the research necessary to understand more about how these diseases impact the human body, and, with continued research, new cures can be discovered that can save thousands of lives for many years to come. Best of all, when it comes to research, there are more than just organs that can be used for scientific advancement. Tendons, tissue slices, bones, muscles, and skin are also in demand.