What is National Donate Life Month?
National Donate Life Month is marked by events around the country that raise awareness of the importance of organ donation. The purpose of the month is to “encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those who have saved lives through the gift of donation.” April has been designated National Donate Life Month since 2003.
Why is National Donate Life Month important?
Despite the overwhelming support for organ donation in America, many adults are still not registered as organ donors. According to organdonor.gov, 95% of U.S. adults support organ donation, but only 57% are actually signed up as donors. This discrepancy exacerbates the current organ shortage in America, which leads to 22 deaths each day.
National Donate Life Month is an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor and to educate people about the process. There are many common myths about organ donation that prevent adults from registering as organ and tissue donors, including misconceptions about donor health, religious restrictions and patient care. The events held during National Donate Life Month help organizations like Gift of Life Michigan reach more people and explain how the organ donation process and donor registry actually work.
In addition, National Donate Life Month is a time to honor organ donors who have changed lives with their gift(s). Gift of Life Michigan and its counterparts work hard to celebrate organ donors and support donor families every day, but April can also be a special time for reflection.
National Donate Life Month Events
There are many ways you can celebrate National Donate Life Month:
- National Donate Life Blue and Green Day raises awareness of the need for registered organ donors by encouraging the public to wear blue and/or green and to hold events and fundraisers within their community. Gift of Life MOTTEP has a special partnership with Greek organizations to celebrate National Donate Life Blue & Green Day, as well: greek_blue_green_day_version9.pdf
- Donate Life Day in Michigan encourages donor registrations by placing volunteers in Secretary of State offices throughout the state to provide information about becoming a registered eye, organ, and tissue donor. It is a collaboration between Eversight, Gift of Life Michigan, the Secretary of State, and Lions and Lioness Clubs -- as well as the many volunteers that help make it possible.
- The Lifesaver’s Leadership Breakfast is a Detroit MOTTEP Foundation event. This inspiring breakfast meeting is a way to thank corporate and community partners, as well kicking off team fundraising for LIFE Walk/Run.
If you’re interested in getting involved and volunteering in Michigan, Gift of Life Michigan has many volunteering opportunities for both individuals and groups, as well as partnership opportunities for organizations.