In 2003, Donate Life America, a non-profit organization, and its partnering organizations instituted National Donate A Life Month (NDLM). Every April since then has been National Donate A Life Month, a month that is meant to encourage Americans to sign up to be organ, eye, and tissue donors and to celebrate those who save or have saved lives through donation. Their goal is to significantly increase the number of donors and, as a result, save the lives of thousands of people who are in need of a transplant.
Nearly 124,000 people in the U.S. are currently waiting for organ transplants and approximately every 10 minutes there is a new person added to the waiting list. Although one donor can save up to 8 lives, around 22 people die every day waiting for a transplant. In 2015, there were 30,970 transplants performed in the United States using organs, eyes, and tissue from 15,068 donors.
In April NDLM features local, national, and regional events and and activities to support the cause and get the word out including runs and walks for the cause. The Donate Life website has a wide range of reference materials and promotional items as well as tips on how you can get involved. Donate Life encourages everyone to involve themselves in this important cause and inspire others to become donors and save a life.
You can help by hanging Donate Life posters around your school or workplace, start a fundraiser to raise awareness, join as a partner with Donate Life America, get involved with events in your area, or become a donor yourself. You can also contact your state team leader to get more information about how you can get involved locally. You can get involved today and start making a difference. One life can save many others.