April is National Donate Life Month
Have you heard of tissue donation? Better yet, do you know the proper steps to register? 86 percent of the population has heard of tissue donation, but only 30 percent of all donation supporters know how to join the registry.
April is National Donate Life Month, a time to educate the community about the urgent and ongoing need for organ, tissue and cornea donors. As part a partner of Donate Life America, we’re helping them achieve their goal of adding 20 million people to the registry in 2012.
But first, let us tackle some common myths about donation:
- Anyone can be a potential donor regardless of age, race, or medical history.
- Donation does not disfigure the body or change the way it looks at end-of-life ceremonies.
- Most mainstream, organized religions approve of tissue donation and consider it an act of charity.
- No costs directly related to organ, tissue or cornea donors are passed on to the donor family.
- Tissue recovery only takes place after all efforts to save the person’s life have been exhausted and the person has been declared legally dead.
Now the registration part is a cinch!
- Visit donatelifetexas.org and fill out a short questionnaire. (It takes less than 5 minutes!)
- Ask to have the Donor Sticker placed on your driver’s license the next time you renew.
- Talk to your family and friends about your wish to donate. They’ll be giving the final consent and making your wishes known makes that decision a little bit easier on your loved ones.
One life can save many when it comes to organ donation. More than 50 lives can be helped by a single tissue donor alone. Celebrate National Donate Life month and register to become a lifesaving donor.