National Donate Life Month

April is National Donate Life Month (NDLM), a month commemorating those who have received transplants, to recognize those who continue to wait, to honor donors and donor families, and to thank registered donors for giving hope. Established by Donate Life America and partnering organizations in 2003, NDLM features an entire month of local, regional, and national activities aimed at encouraging Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.

Transplantation is one of the most remarkable, important success stories in the history of medicine. Last year alone, more than 33,600 transplants brought new life to patients and their families. Transplantation offers patients a new chance at healthy, productive, and normal lives and returns them to their families, friends, and communities.

There continues to be wide-spread support across the country for donation as an opportunity to give life and health to others. Sadly, as a person is added to the nation’s organ donation list every 10 minutes, many people overlook the important first step of registering as a donor. Roughly 8,000 people die each year because the organs they need are not donated in time. Of the nearly 120,000 men, women, and children who are currently waitlisted, 80% of them are waiting for a kidney, and face an average waiting period of 3 to 5 years.

Currently, more than 134 million people are registered as organ, eye, and tissue donors in the U.S. Donors are often people who die suddenly and unexpectedly. Their families are then faced with making the decision at a time of shock and grief. Registering as an organ donor relieves your family of this burden and serves as a real gift to them, as well as to the grateful recipients of your donation.

Join CODE in recognizing National Donate Life Month by following the conversation #DonateLife on social media. To register your decision to be a donor, visit RegisterMe.org. For more information about organ, eye, tissue and living donation, visit DonateLife.net.

Billy Wynne