This April we’re celebrating the 11th Annual Donate Life month. Each year, the month of April is set aside to not only share the stories of generosity of organ, eye and tissue donors and their families; but to also honor the lives of those who have given and received. In addition, this special month provides us an opportunity to renew our commitment to saving and improving lives.
Surveys across the nation show that more than 80% of Americans want to be an organ or tissue donor. However, 42.7 percent of individuals age 18 and older have registered to be organ, eye and tissue donors. An important goal for all of us at FiftyLives is to continue to educate the community on the importance of tissue donation so that families can make informed decisions about the options of donation.
What can you do to help promote the importance of being a registered donor?
First: Don’t keep your decision to be a tissue donor a secret. Tell your family and friends about your decision. Talk about the importance of registering at every opportunity. Share information with them to help answer their questions.
Second: Utilize these resources that have been made available to help spread the word about the importance of being a registered tissue donor:
- Use one of our Social Media badges. Update your Facebook photo with one of these badges, or simply post one to your timeline.
- Help others to understand tissue donation by providing them with a link to our “How we Help” Interactive Experience on our website.
- Encourage everyone with questions to seek answers. Suggest they comment on this blog post, or reach out to us on our Facebook page. Either way, you have our assurance, we will do whatever we can to help provide information to help answer their questions.
- On Friday, April 19, it’s National Wear your Blue and Green Day. Be sure to save your blue and green clothing to wear as an outward sign to show your support for organ and tissue donors.
- Bake cookies, cupcakes or a cake — frost with blue and green icing; then share with your coworkers. It’s a simple way to bring up the importance of being a registered donor.
What do you have planned for this month? Share your tips and ideas with us here.
Together we can make a difference.