April is Organ Donation Month
In April, we celebrate awareness of organ and tissue donation across North America. Sign up to be a donor and you could pass on the gift of life. One donor can save up to 8 lives and affect the quality of life for 75 more.
In the US, it’s called National Donate Life Month (#NDLM), instituted by Donate Life America and its partnering organizations in 2003. Currently, nearly 124,000 Americans are waiting for transplants. It is estimated that nearly 30,000 US patients began new lives in 2015 thanks to organ transplants.
In Canada, action is focused around National Organ & Tissue Donation Awareness Week (#NOTDAW) with events happening country-wide April 18-25. Last year, over 12,000 Canadians registered to be donors in 48 hours as part of the #48in48 campaign drive. This year, the blitz starts from Monday, April 18 to Wednesday, April 20. Let’s see if we can get it to 48,000 for 2016!