April is National Donate Life Month, focusing national attention on every individual's power to make life possible by registering their decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, and learning more about living donation. In El Dorado County, we celebrate Green and Blue Day to raise awareness of the importance of local registered organ donors.
Community members are invited to visit Barton Memorial Hospital on Blue and Green Day, Friday, April 13, to register or check their organ donor status from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the hospital's main entrance lobby. The Barton Gift Shop will be offering 20 percent off for all organ donors, and anyone wearing blue and green from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
"The act of registering your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor takes less than a minute. Your one action can serve as a lifesaving prism, transforming your decision into life and healing for more than 75 people, their families and their communities," says David Fleming, President and CEO of Donate Life America.
Beyond Blue and Green Day, interested donors can register their decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor at any California DMV office, online at RegisterMe.org, or in the Medical ID tab of the iPhone Health app.
Currently, 43 percent of Californians have registered to be organ, eye and tissue donors at the time of their death. Yet the number of people in need of transplants continues to outpace the number of organs donated. According to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, 116,000 people are waiting for a transplant and a second chance at life, including over 21,000 Californians. On average, 22 people die each day because the organ they need is not donated in time — that is almost one person dying every hour.
You can help by registering your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, and learning more about living donation. To learn more about being a living donor, please visit LivingDonationCalifornia.org.
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