April is National Donate Life Month. Most of us know that we can donate blood and our organs. Did you know that after you die, your skin can help burn victims? Your corneas can give sight to two people. Upon death, there is the potential to donate your heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, spleen, intestines, skin, bone, veins, lymph nodes, the entire eye or just the cornea, and soft tissue, such as ligaments, tendons, and muscle. Instead of the entire liver, sometimes only liver cells are used for transplantation purposes. Bone from two donors has kept my neck stable for decades. Thank you donors!
You don’t have to die to be an organ donor. Living donors made more than 6,000 transplants possible in 2017. Living donation saves two lives: the recipient and the next one on the deceased organ waiting list. Kidney and liver patients who are able to receive a living donor transplant can receive the best quality organ much sooner. It saves a lot of suffering.
From tissue to your entire body, the donation save lives and brings hope and relief to families and friends of recipients. You can also donate money to help keep donation programs solvent. Click here to become a registered donor and proclaim your intention to help save lives.