Metes & Bounds Title, a Division of Land Castle Title Group, LLC is very passionate about organ donation awareness and education. The green color in our brand represents the same green used for the organ donation awareness ribbon. Susan Walker, owner of Metes and Bounds Title, lost her daughter, Kalynn Curl, to a brain aneurysm in 2019. Not only was Kalynn a daughter, but she was also a beloved team member of the Metes & Bounds Title family. Kalynn was an organ donor, as stated on her driver’s license. Because of her selfless decision, Kalynn saved the lives of 5 people by donating 8 of her organs. In honor of Kalynn, we acknowledge April as Donor Awareness month and provide information on how you can help save a life in the future while protecting your rights as an organ donar.
What is an organ transplant?
It is a surgical operation to give functioning human organs to someone whose organ has stopped working or is close to failing. In some instances, a living person can donate all or part of a functioning organ; in other cases, the donor would be someone who has recently passed away.
What happens before and during a transplant?
The process of organ donation is different depending on the situation. First, the donor is taken to an operating room, where organs are surgically removed. After that, the viable organs are sent to the transplant hospitals where candidates are waiting as determined by United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), which maintains the national organ procurement and Transplant Network (OPTN). Through UNOS, organ donors are matched to recipients. When an organ becomes available, the organization sends medical, social, and genetic information to UNOS. Then a list of possible recipients is generated. Then they clarify the match based on blood type, tissue type, organ size, medical urgency of patient’s illness, time the recipient has been on the waiting list, geographical distances between the donor and recipient. The organ is then offered to the transplant center for the candidate who is the best match. The transplant team determines if it will accept or refuse the offer based on medical factors. If denied, the organ will be offered to the next patient, and the process continues until the organ is placed.
What can be donated?
Organs that can be transplanted include the heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, liver, intestines, corneas, skin, eyes, tendons, bone nerves, heart, liver, kidneys, and more. If you are a living donor, you can donate one of your kidneys, a portion of your lung, liver, pancreas, or intestine. It is important to understand that there are no restrictions as to what can be donated if you have not disclosed any restrictions ahead of time.
Depending on your personal preferences, you may not want everything donated. This especially holds true for certain types of end-of-life services and depends how you want to be remembered by friends and family. Fortunately, organ donation is not an all or nothing program. You are still able to donate in accordance with your last wishes, however there is an additional step that existing organ donors must take.
If you would like to disclose your preferences as to what organs you wish to donate, you must register at www.registerme.org. Please note:
- You must register after signing up to be an organ donor
- You must register prior to the end of life
- A written will does not override the binding contract of being an organ donor
- Family members are not able to override your binding contract of your organ donation after your passing despite your personal wishes or religious preferences.
Am I a Good Candidate?
The requirements to become an organ donor are minimal. Donor candidates should be in good mental and physical health, at least 18 years of age-old, be willing to donate, be well informed, and have a sound support system.
What are the benefits of organ donation?
One donor single-handedly can save or significantly improve and save the lives of many individuals. A donor could improve up to 50 lives by donating tissues and eyes! For some people, an organ transplant means no longer having to depend on costly routine treatment to survive. Organ donation is an opportunity to help others; it can be rewarding and a positive experience.
It also helps with the grieving process for the friends and family left behind to know their loved one saved the lives of others. Susan Walker, Mother of Kalynn and owner of Metes and Bounds, got the opportunity to listen to Kalynn’s heartbeat in the transplant recipient, which brought a feeling of comfort knowing her legacy will continue.
How to Become an Organ Donor & Protect Your Wishes
If you are interested in becoming an organ donor, you can register at your convenience at the link below:
Once you have become and organ donor, we strongly urge you to record your final wishes at the link below:
Other ways to help
According to donate life America, “More than 100,000 people are waiting for lifesaving organ transplants.” Metes and Bounds Title is sponsoring Women’s Council of Realtors South Lake’s 11th Annual Old Bag Auction Spring event in accordance with National Donate Life Month to raise awareness. The event will be April 21st from 6:00-9:00 at the Clermont City Center. All proceeds will support The Kalynn Dale Curl Organization’s mission to advocate for the inclusion of registering organ donation preferences when participants enroll to be an organ donor through the DMV. Lastly, we invite you to like and follow The Kalynn Dale Curl Organization Facebook page.
The Metes & Bounds Title, a Division of Land Castle Title Group, LLC family appreciates your support and effort to keep Kalynn’s legacy alive and help save the lives of others while respecting the donors last wishes!