This week marks the beginning of the 2014 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 14th through the 16th, 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. It is a time when faith communities share inspiring donation stories and congregations about the gift of life.
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. There are more than 1 million tissue transplants performed each year, and that need for tissue has been steadily rising. 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!
When a loved one passes, it is important to take time to remember and reflect upon their lives. Donor families recall their loved one in a special way, because it is in their passing that they gave the gift of life. We understand how important that can be, and that is why we hold special Donor Remembrance Events at various times throughout the year.
Community Tissue Services of Northwest Ohio and Life Connection of Ohio held their special bi-annual Donor Recognition Ceremony on September 7, 2014 to honor those organ, eye and tissue donors who gave the gift of life in 2012 and 2013. The event, which had a turnout of about 265 people, recognized 40 individual donors and their families with a special ceremony and a gift. The event concluded with a balloon release in honor of the donors.
On October September 27, 2014, the Circle of Life Celebration, sponsored by Community Tissue Services, Life Connection of Ohio, and Lions Eye Bank of West Central Ohio, was held at the David H. Ponitz Sinclair Center in downtown Dayton, Ohio. The event included special remembrance of the donors for their generous gift and recognition of their families. There was also a special video presentation featuring photos submitted by donor families of their loved ones.
Both of these events were special ways for donor families, and the donation community as a whole, to remember these extraordinary people for giving the final gift of love that is tissue donation. If you would like to learn more about ways to remember your loved ones, visit the Wall of Life on our website today.