Across the entire country throughout the month of April, thousands of people make a special effort to celebrate the tremendous generosity of those who have saved lives by becoming organ, eye, tissue, marrow, and blood donors. We also take this time to encourage more Americans to follow their example and join the Donate Life Registry. Several activities are organized during this month to call attention to the need for organ and tissue donation, the impact donation has in saving lives of other individuals and the importance of people making their wishes known to their family in the event of an untimely death.
What Can You Do? Here are some specific ways you can help the cause!
Way #1 - Celebrate National Blue/Green Day on April 12
On this day, wear blue and green and hold events and fundraisers, and partner with local restaurants, malls, media, and community organizations in an effort to promote the success of organ, eye and tissue transplantation and the extreme need for registered donors.
The Blue & Green Day Photo Contest is a fun and easy way to show your support (and maybe win a prize!). Start planning your Blue & Green Day photo now! Click here to learn more.
Way #2 - Shout Out on Your Social Networks
Follow Donate Life New York State on social media and share our posts to show your support of organ, eye and tissue donation!
Include the tag @DonateLifeNYS and hashtag #DonateLifeMonth to make your voice heard during this national celebration.
Way #3 - Make a Financial Contribution
Your donation makes a difference and helps Donate Life New York/Alliance for Donation meet its mission and make sure no one who needs a transplant goes without. Help us meet our goal for the month of $5,000.
Together, we can do it!
Donate through Facebook.
Donate through PayPal.
The Need for Organ and Tissue Donation in New York State
The need for donated organs and tissues continues to grow. There are currently more than 118,000 people in the U.S. waiting for organ transplants. Each year, approximately 6,000 people die waiting for an organ transplant that would have given them a second chance at life with their families.
- Approximately 9,500 New Yorkers need life-saving organ transplants.
- More than 1,700 people in New York State have been on the waiting list for more than five years.
- About 400 New Yorkers die each year due to a shortage of donors.
- New York has the third highest need for donors in the US, yet the second lowest percentage of registered donors.