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April is National Donate Life Month!

Celebrated in April, National Donate Life Month focuses national attention on every individual’s power to make LIFE possible by registering their decision to be an organ and tissue donor.

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National Proclamation on National Donate Life Month 2019

Pennsylvania Proclamation on National Donate Life Month 2019

Learn about what Gift of Life Donor Program has planned for National Donate Life Month and find resources to help raise awareness for organ and tissue donation throughout the month of April. For the 2019 National Donate Life Month theme, Donate Life America was inspired by bicycles and the phrase “Life is a beautiful ride.”

Like the donation and transplantation journey, a bicycle serves as a symbol of progress, renewal and the moving circle of life. Bicycles come in all styles, shapes and sizes, but each is comprised of the same components, essential to supporting the rider and converting their energy into motion. Similarly, organ, tissue and cornea donation offers many ways to give hope, support and strength to patients waiting, recipients and donor families.

Share the story of a former professional cyclist who was able to return to the sport he loves after receiving a life-saving heart transplant.

Events:
Donor Dash

The 24th Annual Donor Dash will be held on Sunday, April 14, 2019.  The Donor Dash brings more than 10,000 participants together to walk or run in celebration of the life-saving power of donation and honor the donors who make it possible. Online registration closes Tuesday, April 9, but participants can still register at the event.

Donor Dash Pre Packet Pickup & Family House Festival

Stop by Gift of Life Family House to pick up your race day bib and gear on Friday, April 12 from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. OR on Saturday, April 13 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. where we will have food, games, music, and family fun!

Blue & Green Day

Wear BLUE and GREEN on Friday, April 12 to celebrate National Blue and Green Day!  Wear your colors to work or around town to promote the success of organ, eye and tissue transplantation and the extreme need for registered donors.

TAG Gift of Life (@donors1) in your Blue & Green Day photos with #BlueGreenDay!

LOOK UP! On Blue and Green Day and throughout the month of April, local buildings will light up BLUE and GREEN to support organ donor awareness!

National Pediatric Transplant Week

National Pediatric Transplant Week takes place the last full week of National Donate Life Month in April. It focuses on the powerful message of ending the pediatric transplant waiting list.

Currently, nearly 2,000 children under the age of 18 are on the national transplant waiting list. More than 500 of the children waiting for transplant are between 1 and 5 years old.  Consider sharing your story to help promote the need for more donors to end the pediatric waiting list.

See our full calendar for all Donate Life Month activities.

Resources:
Social Media

Share your story or share general organ and tissue donation messaging by utilizing our resources here.

Printable Materials

Infographic Handout

Infographic Handout en Espanol

Print Your Own Bicycles

Bicycle Coloring Sheet