April is National Donate Life Month
Observed in April each year, National Donate Life Month helps raise awareness about organ, eye and tissue donation. We also take this time to honor donors, recipients, and their families and caregivers.
Did you know that a single donor can save up to eight lives, restore sight to two people through cornea donation, and heal more than 75 lives through tissue donation?
- In 2021, more than 41,000 transplants from 20,300 donors brought renewed life to patients and their families and communities.
- More than 100,000 people are waiting for lifesaving organ transplants.
- Another person is added to the nation’s organ transplant waiting list every 9 minutes.
People of all ages and medical histories should consider themselves potential donors. Your medical condition at the time of death will determine what organs and tissues can be donated.
A national system matches available organs from the donor with people on the waiting list based on blood type, body size, how sick they are, donor distance, tissue type and time on the list.
For National Donate Life Month 2022, Donate Life America was inspired by the vital role that bees play in sustaining life. Bees are a small but powerful life force, working together with dedication, collaboration and a strong sense of community.
This National Donate Life Month, we ask you to be a part of this interconnected life-sustaining community by registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor; becoming educated about living donation; and championing the Donate Life cause.
To learn more or to get involved, please visit the Donate Life website.