There are several ways to become an organ.

April is National Donate Life Month and we can’t think of a more simple way to give the gift of life: become an organ donor.

There are several ways to become an organ: sign up when getting or renewing a driver’s license, register at, include a provision in your will, or fill out and mail in a registration found on the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services website.

This week, Courier-Post reported a poignant story that is a testament to organ donation. The Cogdal family of Hannibal experienced first-hand how out of a tragedy can come peace and comfort. When Dakota Cogdal died on Sept. 20, 2017, his wishes to be an organ donor saved the lives of two men in need of a kidney transplant.

Dakota sets an example for the rest of us, particularly young people, to follow.

Out of death and come life.

Hundreds of thousands of people are on waiting lists each year for vital organs — each one with his or her story. Each one with hopes and dreams for the future. And, each one with the potential to have a hero in the form of a perfect stranger.

Have a conversation, no matter how uncomfortable, with family members about organ donation. You, like Dakota, could be a hero.