Thursday, June 21, 2012

Dirty Little Secrets

Someone in the family used to work for the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations planning events and although they loved the job, the truth is, listening to them go on and on about their luxurious business trips made my blood boil. Now that the person has moved on, I can spill the beans.

Right now, as I write this, hundreds of people are dying because they can't even afford to get on the transplant lists and where are the hundreds of executive representatives that work in the field? In Chicago.

Doing this.

And this.

And a whole lot of this, at several open bar receptions-all funded by the state OPOs.

Driskill Hotel, Austin, Texas
No one would deny these hard working people the right to play on the tax payers dollar, but hundreds more of them just went here for a week this past January.

And again, this January hundreds more will all be heading to Napa Valley for wine tours in the warm California sun. Seriously, Napa? Now that's just crazy.

Next time someone asks you to drop coins in a can to help fund a child's transplant, first go here and complain to your local OPO. It's not a question of whether they have the right to spend their money on their lavish bi-annual conventions but whether they should.
With salaries over $100,000 and perks like these, these non-profits have a lot of explaining to do to all the children who can't even afford to get on the waiting list.

*You can also find the Executive Committee that approves such excessive spending on themselves here. I am pretty sure they would love to hear from you also.

For a great blog on the issues that challenge the organ recipient go here to Bob's NewHeart.
He also has a  lot to say on the subject.

Thank you dear fiber folk for letting me rant today. I just had to get this off my chest. If you want to repost this post onto your blog or Facebook or Twitter or whatever- feel free to do so. 


  1. Debbie, when you have a minute, please shoot me an mail. mbrayfivefouratcomcastdotnet. Thanks!!!

  2. It's always important to cast light on these matters. Once we know these things, we cannot pretend we did not know.

  3. as the mom of a young man dying on a transplant list and hoping to LIVE...thank you for your shining light into the dark.
    copying to my blog..