April is National Donate Life Month (NDLM), a month to celebrate 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.
An estimated 122,000 men, women and children in the United States are currently awaiting lifesaving transplants, and another person is added to the national transplant waiting list every 10 minutes. You can help by registering to be an organ and tissue donor. A single donor can save the lives of up to 8 people and help more than 50 others.
People of all ages and medical histories can be potential donors. Your medical condition and circumstances of your death will determine what organs and tissues can be donated. The important thing right now is to make the decision to be a donor and register your decision.
You can sign up to be an organ donor in Missouri by taking the following steps to ensure your life-saving decision is honored:
- Make a decision about organ and tissue donation;
- Join the Missouri organ and tissue donor registry;
- Inform your family, friends, faith leader and healthcare provider of your decision; and
- Complete the back of your driver’s license with a permanent marker.
Become an organ donor and help offer countless people the opportunity to live healthy, productive and quality lives. Register today at http://donatelife.net!