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April Is National Donate Life Month graphic with a variety of bicycle styles
Posted on Monday, April 1, 2019 by UVM Heatlh Network - CVMC

April Is National Donate Life Month

Please join Central Vermont Medical Center in the celebration of National Donate Life Month this April. The month-long celebration showcases various perspectives of those touched by donation and transplantation. Every April, we celebrate National Donate Life Month, focusing national attention on every individual’s power to make LIFE possible by registering their decision to be an organ and tissue donor and learning more about living donation.

This April, we want to remind everyone that they can help save a life. Registering your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor takes less than a minute and gives hope to those waiting. The decision to register as a donor is the beginning of a story that may bring life and healing to more than 75 people, their families and their communities.

During April, Donate Life America celebrates that 58 percent of U.S. adults have registered their decision to make LIFE possible as organ, eye and tissue donors at the time of their death. DLA is also dedicated to bringing attention to the national transplant waiting list, 115,000 people are currently waiting for a lifesaving transplant.  

On average, 22 people die each day because the organ they need is not donated in time — almost one person dying every hour. Thousands more people are waiting for lifesaving and healing eye and tissue transplants. You can help by registering your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, and learning more about living donation.

To register as a donor or for more information about how to get involved, please visit https://registerme.org/CVMC.

Upcoming Observances in April

National Donate Life Blue & Green Day - April 12, 2019

On National Donate Life Blue & Green Day, the public is encouraged to wear blue and green Donate Life colors, hold events, and partner with local restaurants, malls, media and community organizations to spread awareness about organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation. There is also a public Blue & Green Day photo contest through the Donate Life America Facebook page (facebook.com/DonateLife) for everyone to show their creative blue and green spirit! More information and public resources are available at DonateLife.net/blue-green-day/.

National Pediatric Transplant Week - April 22-26, 2019

The last week of National Donate Life Month is dedicated to kids. National Pediatric Transplant Week provides a platform to talk about the potential of ending the pediatric waiting list, to share innovative work and patient stories of transplant candidates and recipients, and to honor donor families whose children have saved and healed lives through donation. More information and public resources are available at DonateLife.net/pediatric-transplant-week. 

About National Donate Life Month Artwork
To help illustrate the message of donation, Donate Life America (DLA) creates unique artwork for each National Donate Life Month. The 2019 National Donate Life Month (NDLM) art was inspired by bicycles and the phrase, “Life is a beautiful ride.” Bicycles serve as a symbol of progress, renewal and the moving circle of life. We each carry the potential to help make LIFE a beautiful ride for ourselves, and then for others by registering as a donor, considering living donation, being a caregiver and championing the Donate Life cause.