I’ve had many people ask me recently why I’m being so vocal against the tissue industry. I assure you – it is not because I want to see the industry shut down. It is quite the opposite – I want to see the industry flourish to help even more people.
We are scared of the dark because of all the stories we’ve heard throughout our lives about all the evil lurking in the shadows. We are afraid of the woods because of all the tales we’ve been told of the horrible monsters waiting just beyond the trees. Despite this, at some point in our lives, we will have to sit in the dark and we will have to walk through the woods.
What if we could shine a light in that darkness? With no shadows to hide in, the evil would be gone. What if we could see behind the trees in the woods? We would know which monsters are waiting and how to prepare for them. We would no longer fear the dark and we would stroll through the woods without a care. In fact, we might even do it more, knowing there are no dangers to be found.
It is the same with tissue donation.
Right now, the industry is operating in the dark shadows. Nobody knows what really goes on, so far too many people choose not to donate. Those that do choose to donate do so without looking behind the trees in the woods, blindly trusting in what happens next. What if we could shine a light into that darkness and eliminate the monsters behind those trees? We could see what really happens…and the incredible good that can come of tissue donation. By doing this, we can actually increase donation.
By giving families the OPTION to learn as many details about the procedures as they’d like, we’d be giving them the power to truly decide what happens. By giving families the OPTION to choose for-profit or not-for-profit, we’d be giving them the ability to choose if someone makes money from their loved one’s gifts. By giving families the OPTION to choose the final use of the donated tissue, we’d be giving them the ability to choose the final use of their loved one’s tissues.
Will some families choose to hear all the details? Yes. Will some families choose to go the not-for-profit route? Yes. Will some families choose to only have the tissues used for life saving (and not cosmetic) uses? Yes. Will other families choose differently? Absolutely. But – we will be giving them the CHOICE.
THAT is what is missing from the industry today. It is not for you or me to decide whether there should be profits or not. It is not for you or me to decide what families need to know. It is not for you or me to decide whether tissues should be used in cosmetic surgery or life saving surgery. It should be up to the FAMILIES.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is why I’m speaking out against the industry, shining a light into the shadows, and calling out what is behind the trees. I am fully aware…painfully aware…that my actions my cause some not to donate. But I am also fully confident that if enough of us speak up, we CAN change the industry and, in the long run, increase donation far beyond what it is today.