National Donor Day takes place on February 14 each year. This day is also known as National Organ Donor Day.
Observed each year on February 14th, National Donor Day (also known as National Organ Donor Day) is a day to increase awareness about organ donation and the lives that can be saved. In the United States, there are more than 120,000 people waiting for a life-saving organ donation.
National Donor Day focuses on five different types of donations: Organs, Tissues, Marrow, Platelets, and Blood. Many nonprofit health organizations sponsor blood and marrow drives and organ/tissue sign-ups across the nation. Approximately every two seconds, there is someone in the U.S. who needs blood, which translates to the need for over 41,000 daily donations.
Did You Know?
- Organs and tissues that can be recovered for transplant include: kidneys, liver, heart, pancreas, lungs, small intestine, bone, tendons, ligaments, skin, heart valves and corneas.
- One organ and tissue donor can potentially benefit more than 70 people.
- Individuals can join the National Donate Life Registry at www.RegisterMe.org. In addition, iPhone users
can also register via their phone’s Health app. Individuals already on a state registry can also join the national registry, but it is not necessary to ensure one’s donation wishes are honored as both are legally binding. At the time of death, if organ and/or tissue donation is an option the recovery organization will check both state and national donor registries.
Consider a Donation – Learn More About National Donor Day
Look into becoming a donor. Very few medical conditions automatically disqualify you from donating organs. The decision to use an organ is based on strict medical criteria. It may turn out that certain organs are not suitable for transplantation, but other organs and tissues may be fine. Don’t prematurely disqualify yourself. Only medical professionals at the time of your death can determine whether your organs are suitable for transplantation.
Visit organdonor.gov for more information on organ donation. Additional information and questions are also available from the Mayo Clinic website.
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