It would be a stretch to call Lifesharers an organ donor "network". It is more like an organ donor club. Lifesharers and Mr. Undis have no credibility in the organ/tissue donation community.
The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) board of directors, the UNOS Ethics Committee and the Health Resources Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ruled back in 2003 that Mr. Undis' Lifesharer scheme, if implemented, would undermine the current system of organ allocation, and that it doesn't appropriately fit the criteria for "directed donation", the policy that is the foundation of Lifesharers existence.
Mr. Undis continues to mislead his membership about their chances of receiving a transplant utilizing the Lifesharer method; and he suggests that creating two waiting lists, one for those who have themselves registered as donors, and another for those who have not, would increase the number of registered donors. Fear of missing out on a chance for a lifesaving organ, should it become necessary, is not the way to motivate Americans to register as donors. People who want to be donors should go to www.donatelife.net to find out how they should register to be a donor in their state.
Mr. Undis fails to mention that it has taken him more than six years to sign up the 12,000 who have joined his "organ donor club" to give themselves an advantage, while legitimate organ recovery organizations around the country have registered almost 80 million Americans who want to be donors because it's the right thing to do.
Phil Van Stavern
Director of Communications
LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma