April is National Donate Life Month

A Month to Honor and Celebrate Superstars.

April is one of the best times of the year to stargaze. So, this National Donate Life Month (NDLM), we invite you to look up to the night sky, gaze at the billions of stars that make up the universe and be inspired. Because even in the darkest night, there is light.

When someone decides to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, they give hope and light to the thousands of people on the national transplant list who are waiting for a second chance at life. That’s why donors are superstars.

During this month-long celebration, you can take part in several events and activities designed to honor those who have saved lives through the gift of organ donation. We also encourage everyone to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor. Here are some reasons why registering right now is more important than ever:

  • Of the 100,000 U.S residents waiting for a lifesaving transplant, 2,400 live right here in Virginia.
  • 17 people die each day because the organ they need is not donated in time.
  • Another person is added to the waiting list every 9 minutes.
  • Only 55% of Virginians have signed up to be organ, eye and tissue donors.
  • One organ donor can save and heal more than 75 lives.

If you haven’t already, please update your donor registration. It takes less than a minute, gives hope to those who are waiting and builds stronger communities here in Virginia. And that makes us feel out of this world!

Days Worth Celebrating

During NDLM, there are several ways you can help us spread the word, educate others about donation and encourage small steps towards saving more lives. Be sure to mark your calendar!

Living Donor Day

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Not every transplant is the result of a deceased donor. Some are acquired from living donors who donate an organ, or part of an organ, to a person in need of a transplant. Whether it’s a relative, a spouse, a friend or even a complete stranger, living donors deserve to be celebrated. So join us on Living Donor Day when we say “thanks” to these lifesaving heroes for their generosity!

Blue & Green Spirit Week

April 6-12, 2024

Get in the spirit and join us for an entire week of celebrations. We’ll recognize the donors, volunteers and healthcare heroes who make second chances possible and encourage others to sign up and give hope to those who are waiting. Follow along on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter feeds and help us spread the word!

National Donate Life Blue & Green Day

Friday, April 12, 2024

Add some color to your week! Wear something blue and green and share our messages on social media to promote the importance of registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor.

National Pediatric Transplant Week

April 21-27, 2024

Follow our social media pages for inspiring stories from donor families whose children have saved and healed lives as well as recipient families who share their thanks and celebrate milestones.

Donate Life Toolkit

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Social media graphics
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