Don’t be surprised if you see a lot of blue and green around Arizona today. It’s National Donate Life Blue and Green Day, designed to promote organ, eye, and tissue donation. As you can see in the picture below, the staff at the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association is showing its support by flying the colors!
We also want to share a guest blog written by the folks at Donor Network of Arizona. It’s another example of our continuing effort to partner with health organizations around our state, because we understand that working together is critical to our goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!
The month of April is here again, and while most associate this month with the beginning of spring, across the country, April is also observed as National Donate Life Month. During this time, the country honors the gifts given by donors and their families, celebrates the renewed health of recipients and calls attention to the continued need for registered organ, eye and tissue donors.
A single organ, eye and tissue donor can touch more than 50 lives. Donated organs save the lives of those whose own organs are failing. Corneas give the gift of sight to those who have lost theirs due to trauma or disease. Donated tissues can prevent limb amputation, save the lives of burn victims, and restore mobility.
Last year, the United States performed more than 30,000 lifesaving organ transplants and more than one million tissue transplants. Each one of these gifts came during another family’s loss and from the deepest place in their hearts.
In 2015, Arizonans saved 433 lives through organ donation, and each year, that number grows. Donate Life Arizona works every day with families who, in the midst of their worst tragedy, find comfort and peace in knowing that their loved one lives on through the gift of donation. During the month of April and throughout the entire year, we extend our most sincere gratitude to all those who have made the decision to share life.
Why do we at Donate Life Arizona encourage people to register as donors? We have witnessed donation help infants become healthy little boys and girls. We’ve seen it bless grandparents with the gift of holding their first grandchild. Because of donation, we’ve seen students graduate, athletes return to the game they love, and families who, in their darkest moment, find a glimmer of hope in knowing their loved one will leave an amazing impact on this world through their selfless giving.
We hope unregistered Arizonans will join the more than 2.7 million who are already registered to give life through organ, eye and tissue donation. Visit DonateLifeAZ.org to register, or check the box when you apply for or renew your license at the Arizona MVD, and make sure to share your wishes about organ, eye and tissue donation with your family.