Petition Tag - organ

1. Anna's Organ Donation Bill

Today, I am writing you to let you know about a wish I have developed from a 15 year old girl who has received a second chance at life. My sister, Anna Parish had a liver transplant in 2012 after waiting on the organ donor list for 3 years. She used to have a hard time getting through each day. Her life was constantly on hold. She was not able to participate in activities with her friends & unable to keep up in school because of stamina, doctor visits & hospitalization. All the while she volunteered & worked tirelessly when feeling well, to raise awareness for organ donation.

In 2012 she received a call that there was an organ match for her. It was a miracle. After fighting hard through one case of organ rejection, steroid induced diabetes and a virus called CMV (which is life threatening to transplant patients), Anna is back in school and feeling much better. She has fought hard to get her where she is today; but, with the help of her doctors and her luck of receiving an organ, she now has a chance at a normal life. Before transplant, Anna was in and out of the hospital constantly spending countless hours away from family and friends. She missed out on a lot of her childhood for 12 years.

From personal experience through this journey, I have learned the hardships as well as miracles that come with organ transplants and I don’t want anyone to have to wait as long as Anna did. For years all we could do was hope for a call, and some days, it seemed like the call would never come. At the time, there seemed like there was nothing to do but now, I want to make a difference. Today, we are not lacking healthcare or doctors however we are lacking donors.

America is one of the many countries with an "opt-in” or “explicit consent”rule when it comes to organ donation. Because of this rule, many people who would be willing to donate their organs die before they take the time to register as a donor. In European countries, the “opt-out” rule or “presumed consent” is proven much more effective. Those who are unwilling to donate their organs are much more likely to take the time and un-register themselves as an organ donor, rather than the citizen who would be willing to donate their organs but does not have the knowledge or take the time to register themselves. According to the New York times, when comparing Austria and Germany, two countries of very similar economies, Germany, with an opt-in system, only has 12% of their population registered as donors while Austria, with an opt-out system, has 99% population as organ donors. Today in America, more than 120,000 Americans are waiting for a transplant and 22 Americans die each day waiting. This clearly proves the flaws in America’s system. European countries that have adopted the opt-out system saw an improvement where 99% of their population became donors vs. 30% when they had the opt-in. With America being very similar to these European countries and having 40% registered as organ donors-this change is possible for us too. In a 2012 poll by Gallup for the U.S. Health and Human Services, about 95% of Americans approved of organ donation.

This is why Anna and I decided to make a video on YouTube sharing our story, promoting Organ Donation, and with the end goal of changing America’s Organ Donation system. After spending countless amounts of time trying to raise awareness for Organ Donation, Anna and I wanted to be more effective and make a national change. Anna and I really believe we have the power to get to Washington and change the nation, but we need all the help we can get!

Switching to an opt-out system does not take away anyone’s consent or choice of becoming an organ donor, rather it forces citizens to think about their lives and decide. The most common reasons for people not becoming donors is they don’t take the time, they lack knowledge in the subject, or they believe it to be unethical or against their religion. When asked in the DMV, often kids are too young and even many adults are undereducated in the subject and unable to understand the real importance of being an organ donor; so the easier answer is no. If 9 in 10 Americans agree with Organ Donation, a opt-out policy is obviously the most efficient and logical way of operating organ donations. No one plans on dying, and if an American wished to be an organ donor but never got around to signing up, an opt-out system ensures they get their wish when they are no longer there to make the decision for themselves.

I would like to propose changing America’s current system from an opt-in to an opt-out to force the population to learn about organ donation and give this cause the time it deserves. This does not force anything upon anyone-just gives the majority of the population their wish of saving lives after their’s is over and leaving an impact on the world when they’re gone.

2. Save Lives Through Presumed Organ Donation :: Sauver des vies grâce au consentement présumé de don d’organes

4500+ Canadians currently await an organ transplant because the need for replacement organs far exceeds the available supply. for waitlist individuals, this leads to debilitated lifestyle, critical care intervention, or premature death. sadly, hundreds of preventable deaths result each year due to organ shortages.

Presently, the organ donation registration process varies across Canada. only 2 provinces have an official organ donation registration system in place (BC & Ontario). for the remaining provinces/territories, organ donation of the deceased individual is ultimately vulnerable to omission or disregard: within the extant system, family members are empowered to make the final decision.

In conducted health polls, 95% of Canadians answered that they would accept an organ in the event they needed one. additionally, the majority of these surveyed individuals were not in fact opposed to the idea of organ donation but rather quite the opposite. so if the majority of the nation supports the idea of organ donation, then why have so few actually registered?

The establishment of a federal organ donor registry would bridge this gap. Upon legal age, citizens would be automatically registered as willing organ donors in the event of a premature death. to ensure personal freedom and rights are protected for every citizen, each individual would be provided with the option to legally unlist from the registry. in the case of a minor, the choice to donate would become a legal guardian responsibility. presumed organ donation would more accurately represent the disposition of Canadian citizens, minimize premature death based on organ shortages, while still protecting personal freedoms and rights.

How can you help eradicate the organ shortage crisis? a bill will be proposed to the Government of Canada (with the signatures added to this petition) which will state:

Let it be recognized that every citizen of Canada of legal age be registered in a Federal Presumed Organ Donor Registry unless otherwise specified by the individual right to unlist.

PLEASE, sign the petition and forward the link. join us in raising our voices to make a difference in our nation… because WE can.

Sauver des vies grâce au consentement présumé de don d’organes

Plus de 4500 Canadiens sont actuellement en attente d’une transplantation d’organes parce que le besoin pour le remplacement d’organes est supérieur aux dons disponibles. Cet état de fait peut compromettre la qualité de vie des gens dont le nom figure sur la liste d’attente. Plusieurs individus doivent recevoir des soins intensifs et certains mourront de façon prématurée. Ainsi, des centaines de morts surviennent chaque année à cause de ce manque d’organes.

Pour l’instant, les registres de dons d’organes diffèrent à travers le Canada. Seulement deux provinces – l’Ontario et la Colombie-Britannique possèdent un registre officiel de donneurs d’organes. Pour les autres provinces et territoires, le prélèvement d’organes de la personne décédée est susceptible d’être omis ou même de ne pas être envisagé.

D’après des sondages portant sur la santé, 95 pour cent des Canadiens ont indiqué qu’ils accepteraient de recevoir un organe en cas de besoin. Ainsi, la majorité des gens interrogés étaient favorables au don d’organes. Alors pourquoi si peu d’entre eux ont-ils clairement exprimé leur volonté?

La mise sur pied d’un registre fédéral officiel viendrait combler ce vide. Au moment d’atteindre la majorité, les citoyens seraient d’emblée considérés comme des donneurs potentiels en cas de mort prématurée. Pour garantir la liberté individuelle et la protection de chaque citoyen, chaque personne se verrait offrir le choix de se désister officiellement de ce registre. Dans le cas d’un mineur, la décision du don reviendrait aux parents ou au tuteur légal. Le consentement présumé de don d’organes correspondrait davantage à la position des Canadiens sur la question et contribuerait à réduire le nombre de morts prématurées liées au manque d’organes tout en protégeant le choix et la liberté de chacun.

Comment aider à réduire le manque d’organes disponibles ? Un projet de loi sera proposé au Gouvernement canadien (et sera accompagné des signatures de cette pétition) et se lira comme suit :

Reconnaissons que chaque citoyen canadien ayant atteint l’âge de la maturité fasse partie du registre de consentement présumé de don d’organes à moins d’un désistement volontaire.

SVP, signez la pétition et faites suivre ce lien. Vous aussi, vous pouvez faire une différence. D’après Transplant Québec, « un donneur d’organes peut sauver jusqu’à 8 vies. Un donneur d’organes peut aussi aider jusqu’à 15 autres personnes par le don de tissus. »

Nous, soussignés, invitons le Gouvernement canadien à mettre en place un système de consentement présumé de don d’organes afin de réduire le manque actuel et d’ainsi sauver des vies.

3. Organ donation Education in schools should be mandatory

We live in a province where people die each day because Ontarians do not sign up as organ donors because we are not properly educated on the benefits of organ donation.

All we know about organ donating is the question once every 5 years when you renew your Ohip card.
The Government just donated $10Million dollars to a foreign country (Libya) to help them with weapons and peace. Why don't they rather spend some money and save their own citizens?

4. Move the historic Cavaille-Coll organ from the Parr Hall into St. Mary's Warrington

St Mary's Shrine is served by Priests from the Fraternity of St Peter. It is the town's most central Roman Catholic Church, situated on Buttermarket Street in the heart of Warrington.

St. Mary's is recognised as having one of the leading church choirs in the North West. The choir - and indeed the whole church - prides itself in continuing this ancient tradition that is part of our nation's cultural heritage.

St. Mary's is fortunate to have had a choral tradition, since its opening in 1877. One of the first organists was Rev J E Turner, who, along with R R Terry, organist of Westminster Cathedral, was linstrumental in the the revival of Renaissance polyphonic music in England.

St. Mary's is increasingly a centre for musical excellence as well as liturgical service, with 3 choirs, frequent concerts and new musical enterprises being initiated, such as the Choral Outreach programme: delivering a singing programme to Catholic schools in Warrington.

The Cavaille-Coll was built in Paris in 1869 and bought by Warrington Corporation in 1926. The opening recital was given by Marcel Dupre, organist of S. Sulpice, Paris. It was restored in 1972 by Henry Willis and Sons.

As well as being a magnificent instrument, acclaimed nationally as one of England's finest organs, it is cherished by non organ enthusiasts as a local treasure, a piece of their history and a town landmark.

Moving the organ into St. Mary's would have many major benefits:

St. Mary's would benefit from one of the finest organs in the country, which would bring people from far and wide into the Church;

An organ so suitable for the accompaniment of Catholic liturgy would enhance the liturgical and musical life of St. Mary's;

Links with local Universities and the Royal Northern College of Music could be nurtured, furthering the role of education within the Church;

Good relations with Warrington Corporation and the town could continue;

St. Mary's would become a landmark for musical and community interest locally and nationally, enabling it to further its mission into society.

5. Request for a public vote on an 'opt-out' organ donor system

As of the end of September 2010 there is a little over 8000 people waiting for a potentially life saving or life changing organ donation. Each year around 3000 transplants are carried out, but sadly that is still below the number of people added to the register. More than 400 patients die each year while on the waiting list.

Up to 90% of the UK population support organ donation but only 24% have joined the NHS Organ Donor Register. Many people tell the NHS it is simply just something they "have not got round to doing". (Source NHS)

The UK Government have spent many years procrastinating about implementing an 'opt-out' organ donation system, but they have been unable to make a decision.

I am not suggesting that we try and badger the government to make the hard decision here. What I am suggesting is that they give the public the responsibility of making the decision for them.
I would like to believe that we are mature enough to take the responsibility upon ourselves and we might finally get around having something done to help reduce the number on the waiting list.

It may be obvious from reading between the lines that personally I am FOR the opt-out scheme and I am gambling that if it went to a public vote, that is how the general public would vote. But having said that, if you are flat against the opt-out system this petition is ALSO FOR YOU, as you will have your say if it goes to a vote, rather than the government deciding for you.

Some other facts from the NHS :-

You are (currently) more likely to need a transplant than become a donor.

30% of the people on the NHS Organ Donor Register are aged between 16 and 25 when they join.

All the major religions support organ donation and many actively promote it.

Repeated surveys show that the majority of the public support organ donation.

A donor can donate a heart, lungs, two kidneys, pancreas, liver and can restore the sight of two people by donating their corneas.

Donors can also give bone and tissue such as skin, heart valves and tendons. Skin grafts have helped people with severe burns and bone is used in orthopaedic surgery.

Transplanting a kidney patient costs around £26,000 in the first year for surgery and drugs and £7,500 a year thereafter - £56,000 over five years. A patient remaining on dialysis would cost between £98,000 and £148,000 over the same period.

Finally, I do not work for the NHS. I am simply an interested party.

Thank you.

6. Support "Presumed Consent" Law for Organ Donation

Support "Presumed Consent" Law for Organ Donation.

A Petition for the Government to change Legislation to "Opt-out" and Save Lives

7. Legalize the Sale of Human Kidneys in United States

About 350,000 Americans suffer from end-stage renal disease, a kidney disorder so advanced that the organ ceases to function (Finkel).

These victims are in need of new organs in order to stay alive, but the problem is not enough kidneys are donated to provide adequate transplants for everyone.

Those placed on a wait list typically have to spend years before they even have the chance of receiving their new kidney. Most victims die while waiting; in fact, In the year 2000 alone, 2,583 Americans died while waiting for a kidney transplant (Goyal, Mehta, Schneiderman, and Sehgal). The number of deaths worldwide is around 50,000.

However, there is a solution to this large problem: legalize the sale of human kidneys in the United States. Legalization and the promise of monetary profit to donors would provide the incentive needed to convince more people to donate their organs.

Thousands of lives would be saved through this process, and America as a world leader would set the stage for more countries to legalize the sale of kidneys. Regulation is a must, of course, in order to allow complete fairness in monetary compensation. With this process in place, new hope and new life can be given to those needing this valuable organ.

Finkel, Michael. “This Little Kidney Went to Market.” New York Times Magazine. New York: May 27, 2001.

Goyal, M., Mehta, R., Schneiderman, L., and Sehgal, A. “Economic and Health Consequences of Selling a Kidney in India.” Journal of the American Medical Association. October 2, 2002. 288, 13, 1589-92.

8. Petition for “The Gift of Life”

Would you accept an organ to live?

If the answer is yes, then surely you would want to give an organ to help save someone else?

Right now more than 9,000 people in the UK need an organ transplant that could save or improve their life. But each year around 400 people die while waiting for a transplant.

There are only 14,738,613 registered donors in the UK to date, out of a population of over 60 million. This is just 24% of the population

Statistically you are more likely to be in need of a transplant than to become an organ donor.

Laura Hamilton

9. Minnesota Family Opens There Home To 3 Children/ABC Extreme Make Over HOme Edition

8/23 Heidi had her checkup on Monday and Tuesday at the may clinic and they scheduled her for surgery wed of this week her cancer is back.

8/13 Erik and Heidi are in the process of adding 3 more children to the family. The lord has nocked on there door and they have opened there home to 3 kids of the family to give them a safe home while there parents health gets better.

8?2/2007 Our thoughts and many many prayers go out to families of 35 W Minnesota Bridge. We are praying for everyone of those people and family and friends and also the rescue workers hard at work.

7/28 Martin has been in the Hospital now for about 4 days at the U of M he has been vomiting and severe headaches. Erik,Heidi, Kelly and Kattie where for the day today and they did a spinal tap today which was finally successful as they tried twice yesterday and he was tuck over 15 times and it was unsuccessful. They are checking the fluid to see what is causing his headaches, they will also be doing an MRI tomorrow on him. He refuses to eat as he is so sick. Pray for him. His spirits are good. He seemed to really enjoy seeing Erik today. We will keep you updated. Heidi is also scheduled to head back to Mayo again in a couple of weeks for more test. We are all praying for her .

7/6 Heidi called me today and she went to the local dr for pain in her leg and they exrayed it and found a quarter size spot behind her leg. Her local doctor has contacted her dr. at the Mayo clinic. They are reviewing her exray from Monticello and she will her from Mayo sometime this week on what is going to happen next. Please pray for them. God bless

7/2 update on Heidi, she has been to the Mayo clinic that past couple of days and she found out that she has two new spots on her leg , same spot as the original site of the cancer. She will be doctoring with mayo. Will update with more info. soon.


Just a quick update, we found out yesterday that my husband Martin will have to go in for a biopsy on Monday at the U of M . They think something may be wrong. Please pray for him and that things work out ok.

Before reading this story please click on the link above and view the WCCO channel 4 story done on Noraas and Gorman for Valentines Day 2006.

My name is Bridget Gorman and our family has nominated the Noraas family originally from Faribault, MN, for ABC's Extreme Makeover Home Edition.

Erik and Heidi Noraas live in Big Lake, MN, and have 3 children, ages 15, 10 & 5. When their youngest son was 10 days old he was diagnosed with meningitis, which left him mentally disabled and requiring a lot of extra needs and help.

2 years later after this devastating news, Erik Noraas was shipped overseas to Bosnia.

Almost simultaneously Heidi was diagnosed with cancer. She will return to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, this week for two days for tests.

Erik has returned and retired after 20 years in the Minnesota Army National Guard in September of 2005. Two weeks later Heidi read a story about Martin Gorman and his need for a kidney transplant. She called her husband and told him of the story.

Donating a kidney had always been something Eric had wanted to do. The Noraas family contacted Martin Gorman about his need for a transplant. The men met and spoke and questioned each other's concerns. And decided to move forward to see if it was medically possible.

From that point Erik went through many tests at the U of MN to see if he would be a compatible match for Martin. Surprised all signs appeared to be good and they could move ahead with the procedure. This was a huge relief to Martin and me as he had been on dialysis for 7 years.

One year ago on February 15th, 2006, Erik Noraas donated one of his kidneys to my husband. It has been a year and both Erik and my husband, Martin, are doing very well.

The Noraas home is desperately in need of an Extreme Makeover. They have no room in the 1100 sq ft home for their family and son's additional help. They enjoy and welcome all friends and family in their home. In the past they have helped many people in times of need with a place to stay.There home is in need of some repairs,rotting windows and doors, unfinished rooms and floors the house also has a huge moisture problem. This may explain why the Noraas family has such trouble with sickness in the home.

Again, their son who is in ongoing speech and occupational therapy desperately needs more space so that they may improve his therapy at a more reasonable pace. Which Extreme Home Editions would be able to provide for him at home.

The Noraas also have friends who are in wheel chairs and enjoy bringing them out to their home. Unfortunately, making it very difficult for their son and friends to access the house, as there are no true ramps for them to enter the home.

Both Erik and Heidi work full time jobs and manage their family life 24/7 as many do these days. Sadly though, the two older children are often pushed aside as their 5-year-old brother takes a lot of time. Where as if they had more room and help Erik and Heidi could give more attention to the others that need their affection as well.

The house is small but is also in need of repair. The windows have rotten away. As a result of that they are dealing with some health issues from the mold growing in the windows. The children are suffering from many ear and upper repertory issues and have undergone many surgeries to repair their ears after holes have been left behind after having tubes. Their daughter, age 10; will soon be having another surgery in hopes to fix the ear she is having difficulty hearing out of.

We feel that this family has been put through enough and we would like for them to have a home that will better manage their busy schedule. They are such a deserving family and obvious believers, who still answered the door to a stranger who called out for help, after all the cards they’d been dealt and their daily struggles.


10. Stop China From Harvesting Human Organs

April 8, 2006

This Petition is created for raising global awareness about a situtation which recently unfolded about a concentration camp in China wherein the prisoners are having their vital organs extracted while they are still living.

The victims are practitioners of the peaceful practice known as Falun Gong which emphasizes the cultivation of Truth, Compassion, and Tolerance.

Since 1999 under the communist regime, Falun Gong practitioners have been subjected to one of the most brutal persecutions in human history. The most recent revelation of this horrible atrocity is that of the Sujiatun death camp where the majority of the Organ Harvesting has taken place.

New information reveals that as many as 36 such camps exist specifically to eradicate Falun Gong practitioners by means of vital organ extraction and live cremation.

We call for the kindhearted people of the world to petition for an immediate cease of these vile crimes against innocent people.

11. Import Electone organs!

A petition to demonstrate continued interest in Yamaha's brand of electronic organ, the Electone.

12. My Choice, Organ Donation

We would like to know that when we make the choice to become an organ donor that our wishes will be carried out. We are asking to remove the decision from our family and to put that decision back in our hands were it belongs.

13. Help get more people off the waiting lists for organs

There are currently 424 people waiting for organs in British Columbia alone. Every year people die waiting for an organ. THe society right now does not accept direct donations and/or anonymous donations and I want to ask the governement to change that so long distance relatives/strangers can help patients get off the waiting lists and help them to continue healthier lives with their families.

14. Victim’s Harvest Bill of Human Rights ---- HR XXXX

Victim's Harvest Bill of Human Rights ---- HR XXXX

The sole determined purpose of this humble petition is for The United States of America to finally ensure that death sentence criminals who have been convicted of capital crimes against mankind pay for their heinous and vicious crimes against our society by enacting a lock-tight comprehensive Congressional Federal law or amendment --- that is Supreme Court appeal proof --- that convicted death penalty criminals shall have to forfeit their bodies immediately after last appeal is exhausted with no death row waiting and become instant organ donors.

Basically, any criminal who has been convicted of a capital crime in or against the United States of America has to instantly forfeit his body organs as a federal punishment to atone for his crimes to society. The revised death sentence appeals process will now also be limited to two calendar years after conviction. This new law will supercede, overwrite and replace any state or federal law and will be applied no matter what may be the criminal's religion, faith, color, creed, belief's, sex, sexual orientation or whatever possible reason.

Any criminal that believes he needs his body parts for his or her next life will have still to suffer the consequences of the new law. The convicted death sentence criminal will be given ample notice by the passing of this new Federal Law or amendment that any capital death sentence offense now carries this new instant organ donor provision, therefore any religious, spiritual or personal concerns are deemed invalid and irrelevant due to the severity of the capital crime and the public notice.

Any financial gain or proceeds from distribution of the victim's organs, skin, bones, eyes, kidney's, heart, lungs or any conceivable use of his body shall go directly to the victim's family or families. The victim's family shall be the sole determiner of the financial rewards and have a limited say on who gets the body parts if needed by other victims of the crime or family members.

The harvest of the victim's organs should be done in the most absolute painless and humane way possible so as not to cause any cruel and unusual punishment, but not to lose any useable part of the anatomy.

A very small benefit --- totally useless in my opinion, but worth mentioning --- of this new VHBOHR, it may also serve as a possible deterrent for any future crimes, although this is not a reason for future passage or my respectful, humble request for your consideration or signature..

The convicted criminal or any anti-death penalty groups who feel this is somehow a possible violation of the new donor's human or civil rights have the option of making a further cash donation to the victim's families or offering a prayer or petition for the painless harvest of the convicted capital criminal. The opposition voices to the VHBOHR shall be drowned out by the anguished cries of the victims for justice and true punishment and shall never be heard or even considered.

The only single drawback is that this new law or amendment is that it will not apply to all current convicts living on death row at the present time.

With American society now rampant and constantly besieged by new child sex predator killers, perverted rapists/killers, murderers, cop killers, terrorists in custody here and in Guantanamo, and all types of capital crime death row felons, it has now become apparent that America has to seek proper justice, punishment, restitution and recompense for the crimes committed by these convicts for the victims of these atrocities.

It is now time for America's Victims to harvest the organs or the convicted criminals, so in death they can become repentant if possible, whether forced in the end to donate their organs or willfully donated. Hopefully some will leave this world feeling better that they have paid for their sins and crimes and given life to their fellow members of society.

I can assure you that most death row inmates believe in a life after death and by enacting this law, the new Victim's Harvest Bill of Human Right's Bill, the donor's will come to have a sense of peace and atonement and come to believe that their actions will maybe help them in some small way in their next life.

Respectfully submitted for your signature.