In 2003, April was declared National Donate Life Month to create awareness for the men, women, and children that are awaiting organ transplants to save their lives. Currently nationwide, this amounts to nearly 116,000 people and thousands more are in need of tissue and cornea transplants to restore their mobility and sight. National Donate Life Month features an entire month of local, regional and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.
Here in Michigan, OCMS Community Partner, the Gift of Life Michigan, will be sponsoring Donate Life Day on Wednesday, April 11th, where they encourage everyone to go to their local Secretary of State office to register to become a donor. By adding the red heart to your driver’s license you have the ability to possibly help over 3,000 Michigan residents that are waiting for a transplant. To find out more about Gift of Life Michigan please click here.
Nationwide, everyone can support this cause on Blue & Green Day, Friday, April 13th. During this day, you are encouraged to wear blue and green, hold events and fundraisers, and partner with local restaurants, malls, media, and community organizations in an effort to promote the success of organ, eye and tissue transplantation and the extreme need for registered donors. For more information on Blue & Green Day, click here.