Not only is February 14th Valentine’s Day, it is also National Organ Donor Day! This day is designated to encourage people to donate their organs and save lives. National Organ Donor Day is celebrated by highlighting the ways people can save lives through blood donations, marrow drives, and tissue sign-up events across the country.
More than 120,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant and every 10 minutes someone is added to the organ waiting list. Individuals are added to the list for a variety of reasons including trauma, bone damage, spinal injuries, burns, hearing impairment and vision loss. Even more devastating, an average of 18 people die each day waiting for a transplant. Recently, there has been a significant increase in that number of individuals on the donor organ waiting list while the number of donors has remained relatively stable.
You can help close this gap by signing up to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor. By signing up, you could save the lives of up to 8 individuals.
To find out more information about organ donation or to sign up, please visit organdonor.gov.
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