CAMBRIDGE -- For high school students, the thought of needing an organ transplant to survive has probably never crossed their mind, but on Nov. 20, Tim Jones, of Cambridge, spoke with them about becoming a registered organ and tissue donor during Southeastern Med's Medical Explorers Program.

At 14, Tim's doctor discovered his aortic valve was leaking. In 2001, Jones received the news that he would need a heart transplant to survive. Fortunately, Jones was one of the lucky ones, and he received his new heart on July 2, 2004.

Sadly, not everyone is as lucky as Jones. Currently, more than 120,000 men, women and children are awaiting organ transplants to save their lives in the United States. Thousands more are in need of tissue and cornea transplants to restore their mobility and sight.

"I love speaking to anyone of any age about organ, tissue and eye donation, but I especially enjoy talking to the young Medial Explorer students," JOnes said. "It's an important topic to discuss, and I want to help them understand through my story that it's worth it to donate. I think it is wonderful when young people selflessly choose to register their desire to be a donor at the BMV."

Your decision to become a donor could save someone's life. Register now to be an organ and tissue donor by logging onto