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Gift of Life Donor Program works with hospitals and families throughout the region to help make transplants possible for thousands of patients.

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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!

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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.

Promoting Organ & Tissue Donation - Gift of Life Weekend

Join us April 13-15, 2018 for a weekend full of dancing, dashing and dining to save lives! #GOLWeekend

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Donation Stories

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We went into our 20 week ultrasound not expecting anything unusual. When the sonographer was spending a lot of time looking at the chest and we noticed a lot of black where the heart should be my wife asked the sonographer if something was wrong. She said, “Yes, it looks like hypoplastic left heart.” It took the remaining months of the pregnancy to grieve for the fact that our son Hudson would be born with half a heart and to prepare for what came after birth: open heart surgeries at 5 days, 4 months, and two years. Read more about Hudson's story here.

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The heroin epidemic has brought tragedy to thousands of families, but some have found comfort in a trend quietly picking up momentum. The Grugan family of Pennsylvania is among those who’ve donated the organs of a loved one who died from a drug overdose to help save other lives. Read more about Charles and his gifts of life here.

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“Not a day passes without him wondering whose heart beats inside his chest.” – Joe Mansaray. Joe’s recovery took a lot of time and hard work, but throughout it all he focused on his goal of returning to the soccer field. Just prior to the start of his senior year, he was cleared to play, and he quickly got back his starting position and nickname of “the Blur.” He continues to do well and plans to attend college next fall. Read more of Joe's story here.

Read Donate Life Month Proclamations from Governor Wolf and Mayor Kenney

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Facts and Figures

  • 20 people die each day waiting for a lifesaving transplant
  • Currently, there are more the 116,000 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, 5,300 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.

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Minority Outreach, Donor Registry, Organ Donors, Transplant Waiting List, Youth Outreach

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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!

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Since 1974, Gift of Life Donor Program has helped hundreds of thousands of patients through organ and tissue donation.

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Joe's Story

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Joe thought his days of playing soccer were over when he was diagnosed with heart disease and needed a life-saving heart transplant to survive. Now, at 18, he is back on the field and living up to his nickname "The Blur" all thanks to his hero, an organ donor.

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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.

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