April is a time of renewal and new life. It is also National Donate Life month. There is a great need for organ and tissue donation; in fact the need vastly exceeds the available donors. According to the Donate Life America website, over 100,000 men, women and children currently need life-saving organ transplants. In 2011, there were 8,127 deceased organ donors and 6,017 living organ donors resulting in 28,535 organ transplants. Are you connected to or do you know of someone who has been an organ or tissue recipient?
Perhaps you’re already signed up to donate life; organ, eye and tissue donation via your driver license. Almost every State provides the ability to sign up to be a donor through your Department of Motor Vehicles. Many provide the option to opt-in on the back of your driver license via a check box and adding your signature.
In the fall of 2011 the donation and transplantation communities celebrated reaching 100 million organ, eye and tissue donors. Donate Life America has launched a campaign to register 20 million new donors in 2012. To learn more, connect at your State level or register to become a donor right now, click on your State on the national website’s Register Now page. Just imagine the hope and life change your donation will make. Become an organ, eye and tissue donor during April. Help spread the word within your company and community. Do it today.