This week marks the beginning of the 2013 National Donor Sabbath. National Donor Sabbath is an annual celebration of the lifesaving gift of organ, eye and tissue donation. This three day period, from November 15th through the 17th, is a time for donor organizations to get together with a wide variety of faith communities to spread the word about organ, eye and tissue donation.
This partnership between donor organizations and faith organizations is extremely important because all major religions support organ, eye and tissue donation as a final act of kindness and generosity that a person can give to their fellow human. A person’s faith plays a significant role in their decision to become an organ and tissue donor. The goal of the National Donor Sabbath is for people to become inspired by their own faith beliefs to become organ, eye and tissue donors so that one day, they may be able to provide the gift of life to someone in need.
What most people do not know is that on average, a single tissue donor can save or enhance the lives of up to 50 people, and more than 1 million tissue transplants are done each year. Nearly 43% of the U.S. adult population is currently registered as organ, eye and tissue donors. Hopefully this year, thanks to National Donor Sabbath, we can see the number of registered organ, eye and tissue donors reach to new heights!