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Masonic Blood & Organ Donor Program2018-04-09T14:40:37+00:00

Blood and Organ Donor Program

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All Pennsylvania Masons are eligible for membership in the Masonic Blood and Organ Donor Program. A donation of one unit of blood provides coverage for the immediate family. Please donate as often as you can — blood supply is a precious gift of life that only you can give.

Blood is life. Without it, life cannot exist and all the medical advancements and knowledge of the past century would not have been possible. There is no substitute for human blood. Every day brings advances in life-saving techniques—many of which require blood or blood products.

Donating blood is an active way of helping others and society as a whole. Donations are the only way of obtaining blood. This is why the Masonic Blood and Organ Donor Program of Pennsylvania is so important. Our Fraternity teaches compassion and concern for our fellow man. What better way do we have to demonstrate this virtue, than by offering the greatest gift – the gift of life – to our society?

The mission of the Masonic Blood and Organ Donor Program is to promote Masonic blood drives throughout the state and to provide as many opportunities as possible to share this gift of life. The club also acts as an informational source, and will continue to encourage and assist Lodges, Masonic Ladies and Youth organizations in sponsoring drives, activities and events for the purpose of collecting blood donations.

Organ donation is another major issue the club addresses. If you have not previously registered as an Organ Donor on your Pennsylvania Driver’s License, please consider doing so by going to www.donatelifepa.org. And while we do NOT procure organs for members in need, the purpose of our Organ Donor Committee is to heighten awareness and to provide educational materials and information on the subject.

While we no longer require dues for membership in the Blood and Organ Donor Program, we still have operating expenses. Donations are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your continued support of this vital program.

Membership Information

The Member, his spouse and all children up to 18 years of age. There are no geographic limitations.

Open to all Pennsylvania Freemasons. Also open to Members of Pennsylvania Women’s groups having Masonic affiliation as a requirement for membership. Requirement of one donated unit of blood by the applicant or by a substitute. There is no monetary obligation for membership. Widows of all Pennsylvania Freemasons are automatically covered, upon application, without the required one unit of blood.

Members are registered under the name of the eligible member, regardless of who makes the actual blood donation. Wives and minor children are covered under that name, unless the wife registers under her membership in an affiliated women’s group. There is no need to give a membership number when you donate blood. You can tell them you are donating for the Masonic Blood and Organ Donor Program. Some blood centers keep a record and others do not. It doesn’t affect you either way. Your membership will be renewed automatically, and we trust that you or a substitute donor will give blood when you are physically able. Membership cards generally are produced once a year, in mid-March. You don’t need to show your card to anyone — it is enough to be on the Program roster — we will process your request for blood replacement as described below.

Wait until you are out of the hospital and have received your bill and EOB. Send your (1) hospital bill, (2) insurance explanation of benefits (EOB) and (3) proof of payment to the program secretary. His address is on the membership card. Theprogram, at the discretion of the board, will assist the member with reimbursement for remaining out of pocket expenses incurred for blood and/or blood product transfusions after insurance. We do not cover processing or administration fees.

If you know of a Masonic Widow who is not a member of this Program, please print out the membership form included here and encourage her to join, without the requirement of providing one unit of blood. It is a benefit of her husband’s membership in the Masonic Fraternity. Masonic youth group members are also now eligible for membership in the program — see form below.

We are pleased to announce that any Blood Drive sponsored by a PA Lodge or appendant Masonic organization or Masonic youth group, will qualify that organization to designate for each blood unit collected, a gift of $10 to a Masonic Charity (501(c)3 classification) of their choice, if pre-approved by this committee. Use the request form below to sign up for this program.

Organ Donation Information

Almost anyone can be eligible to donate organs and possibly tissues. An age limit is not specified for organ donation, though the age limit for tissues is 60; however, suitability for donation is determined at the time of death. The final decision for using organs or tissues rests with the transplant candidate’s physicians.
Heart, kidneys, pancreas, lungs, liver, intestines, and at times, stomach, are the organs that can be donated. Tissues that can be donated include corneas to restore sight, skin to heal burns, and bone and ligaments to repair bone and joints damaged by cancer or trauma. Heart valves and tendons also may be donated.
No. Families who donate are not charged for the donation, nor is the donor’s estate.
No. Donation typically does not delay funeral arrangements nor does it prevent an open casket viewing. Organs and tissues are recovered in an operating room with a surgical procedure that does not disfigure the body.
Leaders of major religions support donation or have made it clear that the decision to donate is a personal one that should be discussed with family members.

Once a family has consented to donation, the donor’s height, weight and blood type are entered into a computer tied into the national database operated by the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network (OPTN). After the information is entered, the OPTN computer generates a list of individuals awaiting transplants who best match the donor’s blood and body size. Medical urgency and the amount of time on a waiting list also play an integral role in determining who receives an organ.

A patient’s race, gender, age, celebrity status, or income are not considered when deciding who receives an organ. Also, most costs associated with transplantation are covered by private insurance or Medicare.

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