Every April, “National Donate Life Month,” we take time to raise awareness about the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation – a precious gift that saves the lives of countless people in need.
The goal of National Donate Life Month is to “make life happen” by motivating individuals to register their decision to be a registered organ donor and, in turn, save up to nine lives.
April 12: National Donate Life Blue and Green Day
One way people can promote support organ donors and recipients is by wearing blue and green (the official colors of Donate Life) on April 12 for National Donate Life Blue and Green Day.
The public is also encouraged to hold events and fundraisers, and partner with local restaurants, malls, media and community organizations in an effort to promote the success of organ, eye and tissue transplantation and raise awareness about the extreme need for registered donors.
The need is great
The number of people in need of transplants continues to outpace the number of organs donated. In partnership with organ procurement organizations, hospitals across the country fill the month of April with powerful stories that share the lifesaving message of organ donation and transplants.
- Nationally, more than 114,000 men, women and children are waiting for a transplant and a second chance at life.
- In Louisiana, more than 2,000 people are waiting.
- Every 10 minutes, someone is added to the national transplant waiting list.
Make a life-saving decision
Registering your decision to become a donor is the most effective way to ensure you can save lives through donation and serves as sign of hope and support to those who continue to wait. Register online at ochsner.org/save9.