April is National Donate Life Month – a time to spread the word about the importance of organ donation in the United States. If you haven’t already made the choice to become a donor, we urge you to consider how you can save lives with your gift. Why? On average, 18 people die each day from the lack of available organs for transplant.
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One single organ donor can save the lives of up to 50 people.
120,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant right now.
About 1,850 of those on the transplant list are children.
150 people are added to the nation’s organ transplant list each day.
28,052 organ transplants were performed in 2012
There were 14,013 organ donors in 2012
As a care management organization, we work with patients whose lives are saved by organ donations from strangers. It’s an amazing opportunity for us to witness first-hand the value of an organ donation, as well as recognize the vital need to continue to grow the list of donors.
While becoming an organ donor is a personal choice, we encourage each of you to remember that the Americans awaiting donation are someone’s mother, father, child or friend. By remembering that we are all just a degree away from the need for organ donation, we can open our hearts and change lives.
The opportunities to share are immense – from the more commonly known transplants of such organs as the heart, kidneys or lungs, to the lesser known procedures involving bone marrow, tissue and the cornea. These transplants sometimes involve live donors, and are often family members who are the best match for their loved ones. In fact, 1 million tissue transplants occur each year, and the surgical need for tissue has been steadily rising, according to donatelife.net. More than 46,000 corneas were transplanted in 2012.
If you are asked to become an organ donor at your next driver’s license renewal, consider giving life or better yet, sign up today at donatelife.net/register-now!