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  posted on 2/5/2007 at 10:51 PM
For those of you that have seen (or listened to) Phil Lesh in recent years, you know that he is alive because of a liver transplant, and thus he promotes organ donation at all of his shows. Do you think that many people have been encouraged to become donors because of this (I hope so!) and have any of you been encouraged by this?
I'd prefer to post this on a Grateful Dead/Phil Lesh forum, but I am not a member of one and I figure there are a fair amount of people here that have been exposed to it.

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  posted on 2/5/2007 at 10:55 PM
I have 2 organ donor cards actually.. One that was being passed around at a PLQ show a few years ago, and one from The Mickey Mantle Foundation.

The important thing of course is to let your family know of your decison.

 

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  posted on 2/6/2007 at 08:40 AM
I'm an organ donor, but not from Phil's doing. And frankly I think that it bears mentioning that Phil wouldn't have needed a transplant if it hadn't of been for the alcohol and drugs. Perhaps if Phil would preach sobriety at his shows then there would be a less future need for liver transplants.

 

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  posted on 2/6/2007 at 09:04 AM
Y'know I agree to a certain point. But his need is from Hep C, which is from some pretty dirty living, sex, drugs, alcohol, etc. He has cleaned himslef up & moved on. And he puts himself out there publicly, which you have to admire. It would be nice for the crowd he plays to to mention the sobriety thing. But then I don't know that I want a PLF show to turn in to an AA meeting if I don't need to hear it.
 

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  posted on 2/6/2007 at 09:13 AM
There but for the grace of God go I. Those of us who survived the promiscuous, drug-laden 70's should thank our lucky stars to be alive and healthy. We dodged a bullet that has nailed so many.

 

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  posted on 2/6/2007 at 10:35 AM
I am an organ doner. I've made it known to my family that I wish to have any good organ's go to someone who can get use from them and my body to a local medical college (who knows...maybe they'll discover a cure for insanity! lol)

 

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  posted on 2/6/2007 at 11:21 AM
Thanks for your input. I should mention that I was asking because I have decided that I wish to get involved in promoting organ donation within my school/hospital after a recent class session on organ donation and I was wondering how much of an effect prominent people promoting it makes. I would imagine that the number of Dead fans that are potential organ donors has increased since Phil has been promoting it.
During class, my first instinct was that people who did the damage to themselves should be lower on the transplant waiting list, but a classmate correctly pointed out that we do consider addiction a disease (most addicts have decreased dopamine stimulation in the reward center of the brain, as well as the area that compares various stimuli and the consequences), so they should not be lower on the list. Still, it would be good for Phil to mention that he likely acquired Hep C from either promiscuous unprotected sex or IV drug use (I'm not sure which). I'm sure it's buried on his website.

 

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