Right now, there are 117,729 Americans waiting for life-saving organ transplants, including nearly 2,000 Missourians. Approximately 46,000 Americans will require a cornea transplant this year, and more than 1 million Americans will receive a tissue transplant. During National Donate Life Month this April, you can help spread the word about eye, organ, and tissue donation and sign up for the donor registry.
The most important thing you can do to make your own wishes known, after speaking with your family, is signing up on your state’s donor registry. By doing so, you make a public declaration of your intention to donate, which will make it that much easier on your family to fulfill your wishes. You can sign up at the Donate Life America website or your local Department of Motor Vehicles office, and information about each state registry in Heartland Lions Eye Banks’ three-state
service area can be found here:
National Donate Life Month is an excellent opportunity to speak with your family, coworkers, and friends about donation. If you’re reading this, chances are you already support donation. In order to save more lives, it’s important that we reach out in our communities to connect with people who are not yet registered to donate. You can share the registry information above to help them sign up. Other valuable information about the need for donation and the donation process can be found at these web pages:
- Saving Sight – About Eye Donation
- Donate Life America – Learn the Facts
- United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) website
Finally, social media is a popular and convenient way to share news and ideas. Donate Life America has created profile picture avatars and timeline covers for Facebook that you can access here. You can upload these images to your personal profile in order to share the Donate Life message. And when you do, be sure to write a post explaining why you support donation and encourage your friends to do the same.
When we all work together to share the message of donation, more lives will be saved. Get involved for National Donate Life Month:
- Find a Celebrate Life event near you by visiting our calendar.
- Wear blue and green on National Blue & Green Day on Friday, April 19 and tell others about the donor registry.
- See what our participating bloggers are doing for Donate Life Missouri’s second annual Blue & Green Day Fashion Show.