April is National Donate Life Month, a month to celebrate those who have received transplants, to recognize those who continue to wait, to honor donors and donor families and to thank registered donors for giving hope.
About Becoming a Donor:
People of all ages and medical histories should consider themselves potential donors. Your medical condition at the time of death will determine what organs and tissue can be donated. There is no cost to the donor’s family or estate for donation.
All major religions support donation as a final act of compassion and generosity.
A national system matches available organs from the donor with people on the waiting list based on blood type, body size, how sick they are, donor distance, tissue type and time on the list. Race, income, gender, celebrity and social status are never considered.
Transplantation is one of the most remarkable success stories in the history of medicine. It offers patients a new chance at healthy, productive and normal lives and returns them to their families, friends and communities. The vast majority of Americans support donation as an opportunity to give life and health to others.
Unfortunately, many people overlook the important step of registering as a donor. Donors are often people who die suddenly and unexpectedly. Their families are then faced with making the decision at a time of shock and grief. Registering relieves your family of this burden and serves as a real gift to them, as well as to the grateful recipients of your donation.
More than 134 million people, approximately 54% of the U.S. adult population, are registered organ, eye and tissue donors.