On Friday, April 21, we celebrate Blue & Green Day. It’s a special day during Donate Life Month when we are reminded that by becoming organ donors, we can enhance — and even save — thousands of lives!
Registering to be a donor is painless and easy, but if you’re still wondering if organ donation is right for you, here are eight things you should know:
- Anyone can become a donor regardless of age, ethnicity, or medical history. (If you’re 13 or older you can sign up online, or anyone can sign up at the DMV.)
- All major religions support or allow organ, eye, and tissue donation.
- There is no cost to the donor or their family.
- An open casket funeral is still possible for donors. Be assured that the body is treated with dignity, care, and respect throughout the entire process.
- About every 10 minutes a person is added to the transplant waiting list — that’s nearly 150 people per day.
- Sadly, an average of 22 patients die every day while waiting for a donation, simply because the organ they needed was not available.
- One person can save eight lives and enhance the lives of 75 others as an organ, eye, and tissue donor.
- On average, 81 organ transplants take place every day in the U.S., meaning 29,000 people are given a new lease on life every year!