Most people know about waiting. You have waited in line to see a movie. You have waited for your number to be called at the DMV. You have drummed your fingers on the steering wheel in bumper to bumper traffic when there were a hundred other things you could have been doing.
Waiting is the time spent in-between, the limbo of not yet. Waiting might mean hours and hours of being attached to a dialysis machine. Or being out of breath --always. For a child, waiting can mean not playing. For an adult, it can mean not working. Waiting can mean isolation, financial chaos, physical and emotional pain, even death.
According to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), nearly 124,000 individuals are currently awaiting an organ transplant in the United States. Approximately 3,100 of them live in North Carolina which has the nation’s sixth largest Organ Donor Registry with more than 4.2 million people signed-up. Still, the number of people in need of transplants continues to outpace the number of actual organ donors.