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Published: Tuesday, April 30 2013 5:35 p.m. MDT

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Layton, UT

Thank you for addressing such an important issue. The pictures truly represent what organ donation can mean not only to the recipients, but also the donor's family and those families who have lost a loved one waiting for a transplant. Registering is easy, just mark yes on your driver license or visit Yes Utah online.

Fuaamotu, Tonga

I have been on an organ donor list for most of my life. Unfortunately for recipients (but not for me), I’m still using everything. If/when the time comes, I have left very specific instructions to donate everything I can and even use what’s left for medical research. I figure if I’m going to get it all back in perfect condition, why not help somebody in mortality?

Still, there are glitches in the system. When a relative of mine had a traumatic brain injury a couple of years ago, we elected to donate harvestable organs. When the surgeon at IMC told us WE would be responsible for the tens of thousands of dollars required to donate them, we were shocked. It was ludicrous to think we could afford that! She went to her grave taking what could have very likely saved or prolonged someone else’s quality of life. There HAS to be a better way.

Provo, UT

@Cleetorn It is not accurate that donors and/or donor families will pay for costs associated with organ donation. Costs are paid for by the recipient, most often by recipient's insurance. Get accurate information by going to website listed in the above article. Organ donation is the easiest thing to do, the most selfless act and it saves lives!

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