That time of year is upon us – at least for those of us in the Midwest – time to get our motorcycle gear together and get out on the open road. As motorcyclists, we are aware of the danger that comes along with our hobby and because of our hobby, the chance of an accident taking place is greater. Most of us don’t think about what we would do if they unthinkable happened to us or family members, but we should.

Organ donation is such an important topic and one that I am extremely passionate about. In early August of last year, I received a lung transplant. The unselfish act of one individual changed my life for the better – forever. Because of that decision, I have received a second chance at life.

Did you know that 18 people will die each day waiting for an organ? Or that every 10 minutes another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list? Or that more than 100,000 men, women and children need life-saving organ transplants today? These statistics are all true.

One person alone can save the lives of eight individuals through organ donation. For more information, please visit http://www.donatelife.net.  Here you can also sign up to become an organ donor. Click on “Register Now” and then click on your state. From there, you will be directed to information for your state on how you can become a donor.

Because of my second chance at life – I have a second chance to take trips I’ve dreamt of, a second chance to tell my family how much I care about them and a second chance to spread the word and assist in others having the same opportunity.