This February, Give the Gift of Life

By StGeorgesUniversity
February 17, 2017

For many, Valentine’s Day was an occasion to share and appreciate romantic affection. In the United States, February 14 also marked National Donor Day in the United States, a day that emphasizes caring for people around the world that you may never even meet

Created in 1998, National Donor Day raises awareness for the growing need for organ, tissue, marrow, platelet and blood donations.[1] Non-profit organizations use this occasion to encourage people to register as organ donors.

There are nearly 119,000 people on waiting lists for an organ transplant.[2] And the need is always growing — a person is added to the waiting list every 10 minutes.[3] Even though organ and tissue transplants save 500,000 lives every year[4], the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that around 22 people die each day waiting for a second chance at life.[5]

We can easily alleviate the shortage by getting more people to become registered organ donors.

An overwhelming majority of U.S. adults, 95 percent, support organ donation. But less than half of them are registered organ donors.[9]

This is where individuals can make a big difference. By signing up to be an organ donor, one person has the potential to save as many as eight lives.[10]

If you live in the United States, signing up to be an organ donor can be as simple as filling in a from at your local DMV office or registering online.[11] You can also become an organ donor with a few clicks on your smartphone — the iPhone’s Health app allows users to sign up through Donate Life.[12]

It’s also crucial to share your intentions with your family. Letting your close friends and relatives know that you want to be an organ donor will make it easier for them to support your wishes.

This February, think of all the ways that you can care for the people around you and consider signing up to be an organ donor. You may end up saving lives.

[1] https://www.organdonor.gov/awareness/events.html

[2] https://www.organdonor.gov/statistics-stories/statistics.html

[3] https://www.organdonor.gov/statistics-stories/statistics.html

[4] http://www.donoralliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Donation-Stats-and-Facts-NDLM-2017.pdf

[5] https://www.organdonor.gov/statistics-stories/statistics.html

[9] https://www.organdonor.gov/statistics-stories/statistics.html

[10] https://www.organdonor.gov/statistics-stories/statistics.html

[11] https://www.organdonor.gov/register.html

[12] https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207021

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