This month long awareness commemorates those who have received or continue to wait for lifesaving transplants as well as the donors who save and heal lives. We would like to encourage you to learn more about the difference between being an organ donor and being a tissue donor. Here are some Donate Life Month Facts:
-Who can be a donor? People of all ages and medical histories should consider themselves potential donors. Your medical condition at the time of death will determine what organs and tissue can be donated.
-Every major religion in the United States supports organ, eye and tissue donation as one of the highest expressions of compassion and generosity.
-There is no cost to the donor’s family or estate for donation. The donor family pays only for medical expenses before death and costs associated with funeral arrangements.
-Organ, eye, and tissue transplants offer patients a new chance at healthy, productive, and normal lives with their families, friends and communities.
We encourage everyone to join LifeLink as we celebrate the lives of those who received their second chance – and remember the men, women, and children who still wait – and to honor the lives of the donors who have saved and healed others by giving someone a second chance.
Over 5,400 of our friends and neighbors in Georgia await the Gift of Life through organ donation and more than 122,000 in the United States. Sadly, an average of 22 patients die every day while waiting for a transplant.
To become an organ and tissue donor, sign up on Georgia’s organ & tissue donor registry by visitingwww.donatelifegeorgia.org and follow a few simple steps.
1. Visit www.donatelifegeorgia.org and learn about organ and tissue donation. 2. Register your decision to become a donor and choose a password. 3. Under the “How Did You Hear About Us” drop down tab, choose Hospital Partner and select (your hospital name here) in the submenu. 4. Finalize your registration by accepting terms and conditions, sharing your decision with friends and family via email if you like and choosing “Complete Registration” at the end. 5. A confirmation email will be sent to you, and you will have the option of logging back ontowww.donatelifegeorgia.org at any time to alter your registration.
One person can potentially save or enhance up to 60 lives through organ and tissue donation.
Again, we are compassionate about the National Donate Life Month and encourage you to learn about organ, tissue, and eye donation. #DonateLife #LifelinkGA #AprilIsNationalDonateLifeMonth