supporting organ and
tissue donation in Hawaii
- As of March
2005, 426 people in Hawaii are currently on the waiting list,
with 397 of them waiting for a kidney transplant. More than
87,000 people are on the national waiting list.
- A few years
ago, compared to all 50 states, Hawaii had the fewest organ
donations per capita. However the numbers are improving and
Hawaii ranked in the top third in the past two years. (source:
make up a large part of the transplant waiting list but once
accounted for only 3 percent of donors. Recent efforts have
increased that to 24 percent. (source: Honolulu Advertiser)
- An average
of 17 people die each day from the lack of available organs
- Every 13
minutes another name is added to the national transplant waiting
- One donor
can enhance more than 40 different people's lives.
compelling facts like these the Hawaii Coalition on Donation is committed
to educating Hawaii about Organ and Tissue Donation. The
Hawaii Coalition on Donation has a straightforward message encompassed
in three simple words: Learn, Talk, Decide.
Learn about organ and tissue donation as well transplantation so you
can make an informed decision on becoming a donor.
Talk about donation and transplantation with your family and friends. Talking
about the time after you pass away can be uncomfortable, but by
openly discussing you thoughts about organ and tissue donation
with your family it makes it easier for them, so they are simply
carrying out your wishes instead of having to make decisions for
Decide if you would like to become an organ donor. There
are many myths and misconceptions about organ donation and by educating
yourself first, your decision will be true to your beliefs and wishes.
Department of Education Newsletter readers: The
person who donated a kidney to a stranger is Dwight Toyama, Athletic
Administrator for the Department of Education
Toyama, the Athletic Administrator for the Department of Education,
made a unique decision about that waiting list that only five other
people in Hawaii have ever made before – he decided to donate a kidney
to become a “living donor.” Dwight was determined to follow through
with his idea, event though Dr. Limm, the head transplantation at St.
Francis, was extremely cautious. After going through six months of
extensive physical and psychological tests, Dwight's operation in July
of 2002 was a success. Today, he and his recipient, a teenage girl,
To see pictures
and a detailed article, go to: http://www.iolani.org/pdf/alum_coverstory_winter03.pdf
If you are interested in having a speaker come
to your classroom, group or association, please contact Christine Bogee
at the Organ Donor Center of Hawaii at 599-7630.
For the latest statistics on Hawaii and candidates on the waiting
list, visit The Organ Procurement Transplant Network at http://www.optn.org/ Click
on “Data” and then on “View Data Reports” then on “State Data” then
Our web site is
growing and will provide much more information soon.