April is National Donate Life Month

Phenomenal medical breakthroughs continue every day within the transplant field due to the dedication of transplant professionals and the generosity of donors and their families. National Donate Life Month recognizes and applauds all those who help save and enhance the lives of others through donation.

Even though hundreds of thousands of people have provided the gift of life through a commitment to organ donation, there is still a tremendous need. More than 98,000 people are on the nation's organ transplant waiting list. On average, 20 patients die each day while awaiting an organ.

One of the most important decisions you can make in honor of National Donate Life Month is to become a donor. Your decision will make a difference, as one donor can help more than fifty people. The first step, aside from signing a donor card or indicating organ donor on your driver's license, is to express your decision to be an organ donor with your family. To learn more about organ and tissue donation or to receive a donor card, visit www.donatelife.net.

National Donate Life Month assists in raising public awareness of the critical need for organ, tissue, marrow and blood donation. The transplant community recognizes donor families and their decision to give others the gift of life during National Donate Life Month. Events and ceremonies commemorating the gift of life will be held across the country. To create an online tribute to honor an organ and tissue donor, go to www.donormemorial.org.

** Press Release Courtesy Of  UNOS