Be resolute in 2014 vows

Be resolute in 2014 vows

Here's what everyone wants — an easy New Year's resolution that's actually worth keeping.

As the new year draws ever closer, it's getting to be that time again.

You know, the one where people make promises to themselves that they'll do better next year — be a better spouse, get in better shape, be nicer to colleagues, go to church more and to bars less.

Of course, once that difficult resolution-drafting chore is complete, many people promptly forget most or all of what they just pledged.

This process proves what most people already know — that they are easily flummoxed when it comes to doing what they know is the right thing for them. If only our resolutions could be really beneficial and really easy.

In that spirit, here's a suggested resolution that is an unadulterated good and a snap to achieve — become an organ donor. Chances are that it'll never happen anyway. If it does, you won't be around to worry about it. But others who are still around and in need of assistance will benefit.

How's that for a cost-free New Year's resolution?

On Christmas Eve, The News-Gazette ran a touching story about what organ donations can do to help others as well as the family of the donor.

It concerned the 2000 death of 11-year-old Teddy Deterding of White Heart. He was severely injured in a car accident. Told that Teddy would not survive his injuries, the Deterding family allowed doctors to harvest his organs and use them to help others. In death, Teddy Deterding gave the gift of a life, or a better life, to others.

These kind of donations do not end the pain felt by donors' family members. But they provide a measure of solace, the sense that at least some good can be achieved amid grievous loss.

There is a desperate need for donated organs. Gift of Hope, the organ and tissue donor network, estimates there are nearly 5,000 Illinois residents awaiting an organ donation, many of which will not be coming.

Those who wish to know more about the possibility of becoming an organ donor should visit the Gift of Hope website — People can sign up by visiting, enroll when they visit an Illinois driver's license facility or call 1-800-210-2106.

Tragedies happen. In this coming new year, resolve to sign up to become an organ donor and, by doing so, help make a better world.

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