NATIONAL DONATE LIFE AWARENESS MONTH
National Donate Life Awareness Month in April recognizes the impact of organ donation. The month is dedicated not only to improving support to those desperately waiting for life-saving donations but honors those who agreed to be donors.
Organ donation takes many forms, and there are teams of people involved to make donation happen. From family members supporting both donors and recipients to a broad network of advocates and medical professionals and specialists, a single donation requires a coordinated effort.
One organ donor can save upt to Eight lives. – UNOS
Donors and recipients require access to physical, medical and financial support before and after the donation. Improving the knowledge stream regarding donation will increase awareness and the conditions surrounding donation. According to UNOS, every 10 minutes someone is added to the national transplant waiting list. The more donors registered, the more lives are saved.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Once observed as a week-long celebration, National Donate Life Awareness Month spread throughout April in 2003. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson extended the observance to increase awareness about tissue and organ donation. Since then each U.S. President makes a special proclamation recognizing the continued need for research, outreach, and support.