Gifting The Lease Of Life

February 14, popularly celebrated as Valentine’s Day, is also observed as National Donor Day...

February 14, popularly celebrated as Valentine’s Day, is also observed as National Donor Day in the United States every year. It is a day to spread awareness about organ, eye, tissue, marrow, platelet, and blood donation. It encourages people to sign up to become a donor and discuss the lifesaving relevance of the same with their loved ones.

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The Inception

National Donor Day was officially designated as an observance day in the year 1998, by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Saturn Corporation, and its United Auto Workers.

Today, there are many who are on the waiting list to receive a lifesaving organ transplant and countless others in need of cornea, tissue, bone marrow, blood, and platelet donation. The greatest need, both state and nationwide, is for kidneys. Unquestionably, this calls for more people to step up and proudly donate to saving these lives, however they can.

How To Sign Up As A Donor?

There is no better gift than the gift of Life and no better way of expressing love than committing to heal and save lives by becoming a donor!

Registering as a donor means that you have pledged to donate your organs, eyes, and tissues at the time of your death. It is therefore important to discuss the same with your family and loved ones, as your decision to be a donor takes priority over your family’s preferences. To be sure your wishes are honoured, it is essential that you communicate this to your family as they will be informed of your decision and asked to provide information about your medical and social background. Making the decision for yourself in advance and sharing the same with your family will make it easier for them during a difficult time.

A single donor can save up to 8 lives through organ donation and save or heal more than 75 lives through eye and tissue donation. There are many non-profit organisations who facilitate and sponsor blood and marrow drives, organ, and tissue sign-ups across the US. Act now and make a lifesaving difference!

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