April is organ donation month, also known as National Donate Life Month (NDLM), instituted in 2003 by the organization Donate Life America with the support of partnering organizations and the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. The entire month of April is dedicated to local, regional and national activities, aimed at encouraging Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors, and to celebrate those who have saved lives through the gift of donations.
Not many of us think of the possibility that one day our own lives or the life of someone close to us, may actually depend on the thoughtfulness and generosity of a complete stranger. Many of us will never experience this need, but that is not the point of being a donor. Knowing that you can make a difference, possibly save, prolong, or improve the quality of another life is a powerful gift that we should all consider extending to our fellow man. In this month of April as we recognize National Donate Life Month, you are being reminded that you too, thanks to advancements in medicine, can give life. Below are listed a few facts that attest to the great work being done and the need for more donors:
•Approximately 124,000 men women and children are currently waiting organ transplants.
•29,532 organ transplants performed in 2014
•47,000 corneas transplanted in 2014
•More than 1 million tissue transplants are done each year.
•Minorities in need of organ donations represent over half of those waiting.
(For additional and more specific information please visit unos.org)
You are strongly encouraged to visit the National Donate Life website at: http://donatelife.net/national-donate-life-month/ . The site is easy to navigate, designed to answer all of your questions, and is both encouraging and inspiring. If you are not currently a donor, please take a moment to go to the website and educate yourself on the importance and ease in which you can possibly make a difference in someone's life, and remember, a donation may one day save your child, a loved one or you.
During this month in honor of this campaign and to encourage donor participation, Community Home Health Care would like for you to think about and share your thoughts on the following questions:
1) Do you have any fears, concerns or questions that prevent you from becoming a donor?
2) Share a donor related story if you have one, or simply share your thoughts on why you have chosen to be a donor.