April is National Donate Life Month
Gift of Life Donor Program Urges Community to Help End the Wait for Thousands
PHILADELPHIA, PA–Due to a shortage of donor organs, eighteen people die waiting for a life-saving organ transplant every day in the United States. Sadly, because of this shortage, some of the 6,500 people in our region will also die before ever receiving a second chance at life. That is why the need for more registered organ and tissue donors is more critical than ever.
To combat this sad reality, Gift of Life Donor Program—the region’s non-profit, federally designated organ procurement organization (OPO) serving the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware—is observing National Donate Life Month in April by educating communities across our region about the power of donation and encouraging more people to register as organ, eye and tissue donors at www.donors1.org. The month is also dedicated to recognizing organ and tissue donors, their families, transplant recipients and the healthcare professionals who enable the gift of life through donation and transplantation.
“This April, our goal is to not only honor those donors who’ve already given the gift of life, but to encourage more people to make the selfless decision that could one day help others live a longer, healthier life,” says Howard M. Nathan, President and CEO of Gift of Life Donor Program. “By taking action and registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor today, one person can save or improve the lives of more than 50 people.”
The need for organ, eye and tissue donors has never been greater.
- More than 117,000 people nationally, and 6,500 men, women and children inour region, are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.
- Every 11 minutes another person’s name is added to the organ transplant waiting list.
- Eighteen people die every day because they didn’t get the organ they needed to live.
Gift of Life encourages everyone to take 30 seconds during National Donate Life Month to register to be an organ and tissue donor. Do your part by registering online at www.donors1.org, rather than waiting until your next visit to the DMV when you receive or renew your driver’s license or state I.D. card. If you’ve already registered, you can still help by sharing your donation wishes with your family, friends, school and businesses. You can help end the wait for thousands in our region in need of a live-saving transplant.