YOU, TOO, CAN BE A LIVE DONOR
Most ABBA members have checked the “donor” box on their driver’s license. It allows physicians to harvest vital organs when a person dies. But you can donate when you are alive, too.
Blue Band Alum Ashley Waters (Majorette, 2010) emphasizes that you don’t have to be dead to be a donor. Living people can donate, too. “The biggest thing is you are helping someone. It is worth at least going through the process,” Ashley states.
“Donating an organ is not as daunting as it seems,” she continues. “If you are one of the healthy ones, it’s worth considering.”
At first, when she scheduled herself for testing, the process involved a 20-question form. She passed that screening. The next step was virtual meetings with a surgeon and social worker…for three hours on Zoom. Again, she passed.
With things looking good, Ashley was submitted to a barrage of blood tests, an MRI, and other qualifications. Again, she passed everything. The rest was history.
Ashley recommends that anyone approached for donor screening should go through the process.
What about her missing kidney? “I have no feeling of loss – I haven’t missed it yet,” she laughs.