Aside from the recent holidays and April fools, this week also officially kicked off National Donate Life Month, a period dedicated to encouraging Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to honor those donors who have impacted the lives of others.
According to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, every ten minutes, someone is added to the national transplant waiting list with 75,019 people being active waiting list candidates (as of April 4, 2018). Through January and February of 2018, there were 5,448 transplants performed – a great feat but a number that will fall well short of what is needed throughout the course of the year.
One organ donor can save eight lives, and the support behind organ donation continues to build. The sad fact, however, is that supply still falls well short of demand. This is where BIOLIFE4D comes in to the picture. We’ve assembled a team of top scientific and medical experts from around the country who are working hard on our live-saving 3D bioprinting technology with the goal of producing viable organs for transplant.
We’re starting with the heart – heart disease is the leading killer of men and women across the globe – and when successful, will focus on the production of other organs. We truly believe we can successfully combat the shortfall of available organs for transplant and change the way treatments are performed forever.
Over the last two months, we have received tremendous support from people all around the globe who wish to change the way we battle heart disease. This month, we’d like to ask you for your support as well.
So in addition to checking off that “organ donor” box on your license, consider making an investment in BIOLIFE4D, and in the future of cardiac medicine. Together, we can change the world. And if investing is not your thing, please share our message with your peers.
Who knows? We could one day be pumping blood to save one of your loved one’s lives! With your support, we can make giving the gift of life a reality.