Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Make History on Wednesday

Announcement from blogcatalog.com

"Everyone at BlogCatalog hopes you will join us and blog this Wednesday in the first world wide blogger social campaign to raise awareness about organ donation and the issues surrounding organ donation.

To help make it easier, the BlogCatalog team has searched come up with some ideas.

Here are a few that stood out. Use them or find something similar for inspiration.

• Stop The Black Market!
Slate Magazine took a hard look at a growing problem around the world. Organ donation is so great, some poor people are being convinced to sell their organs on the black market. In Pakistan, 40 percent of the people in some villages are turning up with only one kidney. There is only one way to stop it and that is encouraging more people to become donors. See the article! http://slate.com/id/2164177/

• Success Story! Alex Pratt of Los Angeles suffered from kidney disease for over 20 years. It was a huge burden on his wife and two children until he received his first transplant in 1993. Unfortunately, it only lasted 9 years, so he had to wait another four years for a second transplant. He would have never gotten a second chance if not for http://www.MatchingDonors.com and a paired donation program at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

• Donors Needed! In Australia, more than 1,700 people are waiting for organ transplants. In Latin America, more than 50,000. In Europe and the United States, more than 95,000. In China, more than 2 million. In Africa, there isn’t enough organization to really know. Without an organ transplant, these people will die. There are many statistics and links to find a good story at Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organ_donation

• Campaign Promotion! You can blog about BlogCatalog's effort to do good and how hundreds of bloggers are coming together on BlogCatalog to do good. If this campaign is successful, then we will continue to organize and inspire BlogCatalog Community Awareness Campaigns every other month.

It is a great opportunity to show that bloggers can come together to do good in the world, raising awareness and asking tough questions about causes and issues that do not always get the attention they deserve.

Here's what the National Business Community Blog ran about us last time.


We really hope you will join BlogCatalog and hundreds of bloggers around the world on Wednesday July 18th and blog to educate the world about organ donation."

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