Organ Donor Awareness Week - RTE's Joe Duffy is its ambassador - has been encouraging people to carry a donor card
Gender, for example, has been examined with studies suggesting that females are more aware of donor programs, are more willing to carry a donor card
, and become an organ donor (Hayward & Madill, 2003; Minniefield, Yang & Muti, 2001; Thompson, Robinson & Kenny, 2003).
Jamie was always clear he wanted to carry a donor card
Research on those who typically complete organ donor cards
suggests that volunteers are more highly educated, have higher incomes, and are more likely to be young, and female (Simmons, Fulton, & Fulton, 1972).
She was not carrying a donor card
at the time of her death so, by the time her parents could be contacted, only her corneas and heart valves could be saved.
She urged everyone to considering carrying a donor card
and said she hoped that by 2010 the number of people on the official Organ Donor Register would have risen from 10.
But I think if people want to, they should carry donor cards
and discuss the issue with their families so everyone is aware of their wishes.
Mr Milburn said: 'Eight million people carry organ donor cards
in Britain and they need to have full confidence that they will be treated with dignity and respect at all times.
Sign a Donor Card
: Sign the donor card
below and mail it to the address below.
Along with the personal stories of transplant recipients, donor families and health care professionals, the site includes interactive features about the organ and tissues that can be transplanted, information about the national organ donation system, myths about transplantation, an overview of religious views and downloadable donor cards
Organ Donor Cards
can also be obtained by phoning the Irish Kidney Association LoCall 1890 543639.
A close family member said: "Niall's parents hope his legacy will be that more young people will start carrying donor cards