J&P Cycles Founder John Parham Urges You to Become an Organ Donor

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October 11, 2012 | By: John Parham

In the two years since I was given a second chance at life, approximately 13,000 people have died due to a lack of available organs for transplant. While I am thankful for my chance, I pray others get the needed second chance in order to move on.

Many of you know the story of my illness leading to the need for a lung transplant. Since receiving my transplant, I have had my share of ups and downs – a couple of illnesses have put me back in the hospital, but luckily I’ve been able to fight off the infections with the assistance of modern medicine and some great doctors.

According to Donate Life, the statistics are grim: currently there are 114,712 patients waiting for an organ. Of those, 1,737 are pediatric patients. Every 10 minutes another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list.

In 2011 there were 28,535 organ transplants performed. Of those, there were 8,127 deceased organ donors and 6,017 living organ donors. Ninety percent of Americans say they support organ donation, but only 30 percent know the steps to take to be a donor.

After my ordeal, I have become an advocate for organ donation. Through flyers, brochures and e-mails, I’ve shared my story with anyone who will listen. Additionally, J&P Cycles has placed a link on their main homepage, where people can learn about organ donation. There they are directed to a website to sign up to be an organ donor, or they can simply read my story about successful organ donation.

The people at Donate Life started a campaign earlier this year to raise the number of registered donors to 20 million by the end of 2012. I’d like to challenge each of you learn the facts and register to be an organ donor. It may just save your life, or the life of someone you love.

Comments (17)

This is a great article and it sure hits home. I have to say it was a huge surprise to see the founder of J&P cycles on an Indian. It only makes me wonder even more why J&P has such poor support for (Gilroy)Indian bikes when it comes for replacement parts and so forth. Anyway, Organ donating is a noble thing to do.

Been an organ donor since ’89 when in Army. Wasn’t sure how long I’d be around so wanted organs to go to somebody who could use them. Few Fu**ers have tried to take them from me while riding my bike but still rolling on 2 wheels!

In Loving Remembrance of my ” Angel Husband Todd ” ♥ ♥ ♥

As a nurse, I “Thank You” , for discussing this diffcult topic for most. I know grief first hand, lost my husband less than a year ago to cancer. A Harley rider and knew of the risks that came along with it. His father was a recipient of a lung transplant 20 years ago. Giving and being an organ donor is the ultimate gift. I also support stem cell research and cloning of organs. Life Blessings to you. Live life to your essence. ♥

I am an organ donor, I have been trying to find a permanent way to mark my helmet with the fact that I am an organ donor so they could save time if I were to loose my life while riding my bike. Are there stickers available to do this?

I have also been a recipient of two new organs, a kidney and pancreas (Thank You to my wonderful young donor and his/her family for this chance at a new and improved life!) My diabetes was uncontrolled for way too many years (20+) until I got the news that I had to be on Dialysis, a machine (three days per week for 3 1/2 hours) to live. I thought that I could beat the diabetes, but it beat me and I ended up with End-State Renal Failure (ESRD). I was blessed two years ago. I now have a new chance at life and share my experiences whenever and wherever I am. Last year I did a speech in front of community members to be organ donors. I was asked to speak for a woman who needed a donor kidney (since I had experience with Renal Failure and Dialysis). She is doing quite well and the motorcycle group is happy that one of their family members got the assistance needed. So, PLEASE consider being an organ donor and/or pass on the message to others to become one! Thank You! :)

Thank You J&P Cycles Founder John Parham for your wonderful article in Biker Buzz (October 2012). Congratulations!!! Keep passing the wonderful news and importance of Organ Donation!

John, I’ve always been an organ donor and so was my daughter. I lost her 11 yrs ago at the age of 24, on her way home from work one night. I totally lost my mind and my way – we had a motorcycle run in her memory, which will go to her daughter’s college fund, but she always believed in giving, and thanks to her a little boy was saved – not sure who else – I, of course was falling to pieces, but she still lives on in someone else! Just keep putting one foot in front of the other, and take it a day at a time, that’s all I do !

We lost our 22 year old son in May of 2011 in a motorcycle accident. We (his parents) were right behind him on our bikes. It was the worst nightmare one could imagine. However; our son was an organ donor & because of his unselfish decision he saved others & lives on. Don’t take them with you, God knows they need them here. In Loving Memory of Jake.

To Jake’s parent’s – I know how it feels to lose your child – I lost my daughter, Melanie, at the age of 24, 11 yrs ago. I don’t know how I would have handled it being on a bike riding behind my child – my God, that is the most devastating, painful, thing I can imagine – my heart goes out to you as I sit here crying for your loss – seeing that I’ve been there done that – you tend to be more of an emotional person and for me I get more emotional than before – she was my only child, and left behind a little girl, who will never know how wonderful her mother was -I wish you the best – my prayers are with you! Julie

Thank you Julie – They say time heals all wounds…I don’t believe this wound will ever heal. I’m sorry for your loss as well.

Hi – well time does heal all wounds, but it takes a long time and I can tell you for me, anyway, it has changed me in a way that I’ve never been the same – I’ve lost a big part of my self and have never gotten it back! I miss her so much and after 11 yrs it’s still hard, but you learn to keep moving on a day at a time, as hard as it is – you’ll find some days are worse than others, those special days and times you shared together – those are the ones you just have to feel, deal, and heal from and cherish those most – my thoughts are with you – Julie!

I also became an organ donor after reading your story. I know it’s not if you crash, but when you crash. Fortunately I have survived 2 crashes due to wearing a helmet and body armor. I have been riding for 39 years-hope that when my time comes, my organs will still be useful to someone else!

Thanks so much for adding this to your site. I am riding today because of a donors selfless decision. I’ve had my new heart for 5 yrs now and am living life to the fullest. Be somebody’s hero….register to be a donor!

John,
I added “Organ Donor” at my recent D/L renewal, after a conversation with you. Keep up the good work!

When these things show up in your body and threatens your life and health it becomes a scare and a wake up call.While you are laying in the hospital and the professionas in there fild are working on you and you experiencing an improvement in how you are feeling you become very thankfull for what they are doing.it even opens your eyes to the healing power of a firm beliefe in a Hgher Athority.Always remember to where your healing comes from and to thank him daily.

John this article is great for so many reasons. All of us here at Suicide Clutch Apparel Co. are glad your doing great and if you need us to put a link on our website or through our facebook page we would be more than happy to do so. Take care and let us know how we can help. Ride safe.

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