For some, February 14th is filled with flowers, balloons, and chocolate hearts. But for those who advocate for organ donation, February 14th is a much bigger day – it’s National Donor Day.
National Donor Day was established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Saturn Corporation and its United Auto Workers in 1998. This day focuses on all types of life-saving donations including organ, tissue, blood, marrow, and eye.
Regardless of what day you consider February 14, it is a day of love. It can be an eventful day for many, but it takes just a minute to become an organ donor, donate to research, or simply share this information with a friend.
By choosing to make February 14th a day of love through organ donation, you have the potential to save up to 8 lives with your organs alone. The number of people that choose to donate continues to grow, but there is still a wide gap. There are still approximately 120,000 people on the waiting list. If you would like more information on becoming a donor and what it means, spend some time on Power2Save.Org.
If you are already a registered organ donor, send this to a friend. Although the number of people that support organ donation is very large, many supporters are not actually donors. If you have this conversation with a friend, you have the potential to save lives.
The challenges with organ donation and transplants does not stop at the organ shortage. Increased research is required to improve the lives of transplant recipients. Consider donating or starting a fundraiser today to fund this essential research.