Talking with organ donors

| October 20, 2011
Cat Crawford.

Cat Crawford.

Editor’s Note: Guest columnist Talia is a 12-year-old on a mission to raise awareness for organ donation.

This week you will read about some interviews from a few adults about organ donation. I interviewed two teachers at my school, Louisville Collegiate, and three other adults that I spend a lot of time with. I hope you enjoy!

The first person I interviewed was my 47-year-old algebra teacher, Kat Crawford. She is an organ donor. When I asked her why she was an organ donor, she responded by telling me that she won’t need any of her organs when she is no longer living; it is a way to give back, and other people who need the organs could use them.

Arielle VanArsdall.

Arielle VanArsdall.

She also told me that her cousin had lupus, and her brother donated a kidney to her cousin about 10 years ago. I asked her, like I asked the rest of the people who I interviewed, “Will you tell people about Talia’s Love for Life Project?” She responded by saying, “Yes! Of course I will!” When she said that, it made me feel really appreciative and it reassured me that people would actually read my article and help me and my project.

Next, I interviewed my Spanish teacher, Mrs. Arielle VanArsdall. She is a 27-year-old organ donor. She said that she was an organ donor because her mom got a transplant that saved her life, when my teacher was in sixth grade. She also said that she wants people to be as lucky as her mom was and it is a way to give back. She told me that she has already told all of her friends and family about my project. I really appreciate that she has already told her friends and family about my project. Thank you!

Kaitlyn Sisson.

Kaitlyn Sisson.

Then, I interviewed Kaitlyn Sisson, a 22-year-old tutor who works at the Louisville Tutoring Agency. She is an organ donor because she believes that people could use the organs when she is no longer living, and she won’t need them. She also said that she would tell people about my project. The more support, the better!

After that, I interviewed Alison Mann. She is a 39-year-old personal chef who is an organ donor. She said she is an organ donor because it is the right thing to do, despite any religious or personal feelings, it is still and will always be the right thing to do. She also said, like the people who I interviewed before, that she wouldn’t need them when she wasn’t living anymore. She already has told her friends about my project.

Alison Mann.

Alison Mann.

Last but not least, I interviewed 45-year-old Jim Hines. He is an organ donor because it is a good cause, and he won’t need it when he is no longer living, and he also had his KODA card when I interviewed him! He does tell his friends and family about Talia’s Love for Life Project. An additional quote that he gave me was, “Everyone should be an organ donor!” I second that!

Overall, I think this was a very successful interviewing process. I was really touched by how all of the people I interviewed were organ donors. It really helps people in need and it is saving a lot of lives. Thank you to all of the people who are organ donors and to the people who I interviewed. If you are not an organ donor, you can register to be one at www.donatelifeky.org. Be sure to click on “2011 Talia’s Love 4 Life Project” in the dropdown box that asks how you were influenced to be a donor. Thanks for reading!

Jim Hines.

Jim Hines.

P.S.: Don’t forget to meet me at the finish line at the Louisville Sports Commission Half Marathon on Nov. 12 to sign up to be an organ donor. If you want to participate in the race, visit www.lscmarathon.com.

Xoxo,
Talia

Organ Donation Facts

  • Acceptable donors range from newborns to senior citizens.
  • A new name is added to the organ donor waiting list every 14 minutes.

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