Give the Gift of Life on National Donor Day

February 14, 2018

February 14th isn’t just about chocolate and flowers—it’s also National Donor Day.  The day was started in 1998 by the Saturn Corporation, the United Auto Workers, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and many nonprofit health organizations.  National Donor Day raises awareness about the importance of donation and focuses on the five different types of donation: organ, eye, tissue, marrow, platelet, and blood. According to the CDC, in the United States, there are more than 120,000 patients who are waiting to receive a life-saving organ transplant and countless others who are in need of a cornea, tissue, bone marrow, blood, and platelet donation.  One donor can save up to eight lives through organ donation by giving eight lifesaving organs and saving or healing more than 75 lives through eye and tissue donation.

A day filled with heart-shaped candy boxes and flowers, Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to give the gift of life to someone in need.  Registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor means you have made the decision to donate your organs, eyes, and tissues at the time of your death. It is important to discuss your wishes with your family, as your decision to be a donor takes priority over your family’s preferences.

On National Donor Day, commit to saving and healing the lives of others by donating blood or platelets or registering as an organ, tissue, or bone marrow donor.  In the United States, 20 people die each day waiting for a transplant and every 10 minutes another person is added to the waiting list, states the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.  To register to become an organ donor, please click here or to find a blood donation location near you, please click here.