Celebrate National Donate Life Month with Gift of Life
National Donate Life Month, observed annually during the month of April, commemorates and celebrates the countless lives affected by transplant and donation across the United States. You can take the first step in celebrating by registering as an organ and tissue donor by clicking here!
During the month of April, National Donate Life Month is celebrated across the United States. Originally a weeklong observance, it was officially recognized as a month-long event in 2003. The celebration commemorates those who have received or continue to wait for lifesaving transplants. It is also a way to honor donors and their families who have been able to give the gift of life during their darkest hour.
One contribution that every person can make that will positively affect the lives of thousands of individuals is to designate themselves as donors through their state donor registry.
After a year of living with chronic kidney disease and waiting for a transplant, Harrisburg father of three, Lukeman Harvey, is ready to get his life back. Read more about Lukeman's story here.
Derek Fitzgerald understands what it’s like to experience the possibility of running out of time. After battling leukemia into remission, Fitzgerald was told that the chemotherapy that saved his life from cancer had destroyed his heart - and that he would need a heart transplant to survive. He was placed on the waiting list in 2010 and in January 2011, Fitzgerald received his life-saving heart transplant. Read Derek's story here.
Cody Barrasse saved the lives of six others when he passed away in 2013. While his family and friends keep his spirit and memory alive, the recipients of Cody's organs are living proof that his legacy of generosity and caring live on. Read more about Cody and his gifts of life here.
Facts and Figures
- 22 people die each day waiting for a lifesaving transplant
- Currently, there are more the 118,000 people waiting on the National Transplant List
- 1 organ and tissue donor can impact up to 75 lives through organ and tissue donation
- Every 10 minutes, another name is added to the National Transplant list
- In our region, 5,400 people are waiting for a life-saving transplant
- Approximately 79 organ transplants take place every day in the United States.
If you are interested in having your organization participate in National Donate Life Month or would like free educational materials, please contact our Community Relations department at 215-557-8090. You can see a full list of events for the month here.
2016 NDLM Lukeman Poster - Hope - 287.0KB
NDLM 2016 Derek Poster - Advocacy - 106.9KB
2016 NDLM Cody Poster - Passion - 158.7KB
Register to Be a Donor
It’s easy to add the donor designation to your driver's license or state I.D. card. In Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Sign up today!
Giving Life a Second Chance
Since 1974, Gift of Life Donor Program has helped hundreds of thousands of patients through organ and tissue donation.
The 22nd Annual Donor Dash is designed to help promote organ and tissue donation and highlight the success of transplantation.
April 2, 2017.
Gift of Life works tirelessly to rewrite the stories for the more than 5,600 people in our region waiting for their second chance at life. The gift of organ and tissue donation truly can change someone's life and rewrite their story. How has the Gift of Life rewritten your story? Share with us.