Post Number: 4208
|Posted on Monday, June 27, 2011 - 04:46 pm: ||
I posted this on the "Comment Section"......
"I have had personalized plates on my car for 8yrs here in Texas. I am a heart transplant recipient and I love to show folks the importance of organ donation as noted on my lic plates. The extra cost is $35 per year and I am very proud to pay it."
.....of a news article I read online about Vanity Lic Plates. http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home/article/113002/creative-license-plates-wsj?mod=family-autos
P.S. I hope the yearly cost does not increase too much in the future.
Post Number: 2024
|Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 08:35 am: ||
I am glad that your state offers this option for your license plates. My state of Kentucky is in the process of trying to gather enough support to get a license plate supporting organ donation, but, unfortunately, it has been hard so far to find enough people to support it so that this can be an option in the future. I put in money for a license plate even though I do not have a car in trying to help. I hope it eventually can be worked out.
dx: GERD 1995, gastroparesis 2002, pseudo-obstruction of the bowel 2004
multivisceral transplant, 6 organs, 10/06/05
University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital
Post Number: 2315
|Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 09:53 pm: ||
I got vanity plates shortly after my transplant -- Our car sports plates that read, "LUNG TX"... Now and then I get asked "why Texas", and I have to explain that some use TX as shorthand for "transplant"...
Illinois changed their plates a year or so after I got mine -- so they were replaced... It was kinda neat because I was able to send one of my plates to Kari's family, and I gave the other to my procurement nurses, where it still hangs in their office...
A few years after I got them -- Illinois came out with donor plates honoring Walter Payton... A few people at our Secretary of State's office were all excited about getting them for me with my current license configuration -- but then I found out that they only allow 5 characters on those plates -- and I wasn't willing to give up my current tags...
I had a funny situation in our local grocery store parking lot... Several years ago there was a high profile lung transplant in our area -- a big snow in Buffalo, NY, closed down the airport, plus the president and Air Force One was on the ground there -- they managed to get clearance to get a plane in there and allow it to take off during a crazy storm, because they had lungs there for a guy in Chicago who was really in his last moments... He's still around with his beautiful lungs -- after his transplant, they interviewed one of our procurement nurses in her office... Some woman walking by my car stopped and stared at the car -- I had been walking away and asked her if I could help her with something, and she asked if I'd recently been on TV -- then I heard all about the story because she saw my plate on the wall...
I agree with Ol' Bob and Bobbiejo -- every now and they they strike up a conversation -- for that reason alone they've been so very well worth the extra cost...
Post Number: 4212
|Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 12:00 pm: ||
Steve, thank you for sharing your experience at the grocery store parking lot.
Yes, I have rec'd many inquiries about my lic plates over the years.
BTW Steve, didn't you recently celebrate you 11th year post transplant?