May 6, 2014

Donor Month?

motorcycle month

Seriously? I can’t decide if making May “Motorcycle Awareness Month” is cynical, comedy, or sincere. First, this is a NHTSA declared event, so nobody will notice or celebrate or whatever we’re supposed to do for Motorcycle Awareness Month. Second, and most important, among health care professionals May is the acknowledged peak transplant donor month.

You know why don’t you? Come on, admit it. Yep, it’s us. The typical first day of the riding season is the day all of those transplant surgeons and patients are waiting for. I couldn’t find a statistical source for this, but three nurses in my last MSF BRC class all agreed, “If you can make it till May, you’re probably going to find a donor organ.” One of the nurses worked for several years in Florida and hospitals in that state practically worship the month of May for humanitarian and economic reasons. Maybe the real motto ought to be, “Get out there and ride. Someone is waiting for your spare parts.”


  1. I didn't know that about donor month. Just kinda sad I think.

  2. Hi Thomas,
    This is off topic for your post, but I though that you would find interesting this example dissonance between motorcycle commerce and annoyance.

    As always, I enjoy your writings,
    Rick F

  3. Thanks, Rick. That was a pretty strange story.


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