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Save or Enhance a Life by Becoming an Organ Donor

Posted on Thursday, April 6, 2017 by UVM Health Network - CVMC

CVMC is pleased to announce we have partnered with New England Donor Services to celebrate National Donate Life Month.  This April marks the 14th annual National Donate Life Month, a celebration commemorating those who have given the gift of life through organ and tissue donation. For those whose lives have been saved or healed by a transplant, National Donate Life Month provides a chance to share their stories to encourage more people to register as donors.

In addition to organ donation, tissue donations help more than one million individuals each year.  Heart valve, bone and skin donations give recipients a new chance at a healthy life, the recovery of tendons and ligaments can help heal a severe sports injury, and cornea donations give the gift of sight. 

Currently, 54 percent of the U.S. adult population is registered organ and tissue donors, yet the number of people in need of transplants continues to outpace the number of organs donated.  More than 118,000 people are waiting for a transplant and a second chance at life.  On average, 22 people die each day because the organ they need is not donated in time. That is almost one person dying every hour. Registering your decision to become a donor is the most effective way to save lives through donation and is a sign of support to those who continue to wait.

How to Become a Donor

To learn more about donation and to sign up as a designated donor, visit www.registerme.org. By taking a few minutes to register, you ensure that your desire to give this gift is officially recorded.

You may someday be able to give the priceless gifts of life, sight and mobility to another.

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