Donate Life

One of our primary focuses at work is our Sunbelt Cares initiative through which we support causes in our communities. This time, it’s a cause that’s right in our work community, for one of our very own. On today’s blog, we’re introducing you to Wayne Bridges, a Sunbelt National Account Executive, who is currently fighting a very tough battle.

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For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Wayne Bridges and I have worked the last 8 ½ years for the greatest company ever, Sunbelt Staffing in Tampa, FL (Shameless plug, I know).  Four years ago, I received a new kidney from my wife after 6 months of being on dialysis.  After 3 years of a healthy lifestyle my body began to reject my new kidney and I’ve been fighting that battle for the last 10 months.  I have recently restarted dialysis and I am going through the process to be approved for another transplant.  I share this story with you because I want to bring awareness to the shortage of donor organs in the U.S. WAYNE

Did you know?

  • It is estimated that nearly 30,000 patients began new lives in 2015 thanks to organ transplants (from 8,500 deceased and 6,000 living donors)
  • About 58% of patients awaiting lifesaving transplants are minorities
  • There are approximately 120,000 people waiting for an organ transplant
  • Another person is added to the nation’s organ transplant waiting list every 10 minutes
  • Sadly, 8,000 people die each year – 22 people each day – because the organs they need are not donated in time.
  • The average wait time for a kidney transplant is 3-5 years

So what can be done about the shortage?  I’m glad you asked.  I know something like this is a very personal decision but if you feel like this is something you can and want to support, here are a few paths to consider.

I am just one of many people that are in need of a lifesaving transplant.  I have always said and believe there are people around me that are in greater need than myself and that is why I chose to be  a voice for those in need like me. I know from experience that I am not alone and will face whatever comes my way with the love and support of family, friends and my Sunbelt family. I hope you will consider supporting organ donation and anyone that this affects.

Thank you so much for reading this post.

#Determined

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