February 14th is National Donor Day. It is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate those who have given the gift of life through organ, eye and tissue donation. The day serves as a reminder of the selfless acts of donors, their families, and their communities in helping to save and improve the lives of transplant recipients. We at Transplant Families know so much about the importance of this day because many our loved ones are here because of the selfless gift of life given to our transplant recipient families.
At its core, National Donor Day is about recognizing the impact of organ, eye and tissue donation and celebrating the lives of both donors and recipients. Donors have made the ultimate sacrifice in giving up their organs, eyes and tissue to help save and improve the lives of others. Our transplant recipient children have been given that second chance at life because of the altruism of these donor families.
In honor of National Donor Day, please register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor. You can register online, at the DMV, or at a special event. Making your wishes known can give comfort to your family and friends in unthinkable times of tragedy when you are unable to make your wishes known yourself.
You may sign up to be an organ donor by:
Registering with your DMV
Registering on your iPhone via the Health App
You can also spread awareness about National Donor Day by sharing stories about those who have received a transplant, or those who have made the selfless decision to donate their organs. Talk to your friends, family, and community about the importance of organ and tissue donation, and how it can save and improve lives. Donate Life has lots of shareable graphics and information sheets to help spread the news.
Finally, you can join or organize an event to celebrate National Donor Day in your community. These events can be anything from a walk or run to a simple gathering or carnival. They are a great way to bring attention to the cause and to celebrate the lives of those who have made a difference in the lives of others.
No matter how you choose to get involved, National Donor Day is an important opportunity to honor those who have given the gift of life and to raise awareness of the need for organ, eye and tissue donation. Our transplant recipient children are living reminders of how incredibly special this day really is.