Hearts, flowers, chocolates, and cards! An abundance of these items are always circulating this time of year as we celebrate those who mean the most to us on Valentine’s Day!
February 14, is not only Valentine’s Day, it is also National Donor Day which began in 1998 from the Saturn Corporation and their United Auto Workers partner with the support of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and many other nonprofit health organizations. National Donor Day was chosen as the day dedicated to bringing awareness to all types of donations (organ, tissue, eye, blood, platelets, and marrow).
Currently, there are more than 108,000 people in need on the national transplant waiting list, hoping to receive a lifesaving organ. Every 9 minutes, another person is added to this waiting list. Keep in mind that while there are about 3,600 people on the heart transplant waiting list, there are tens of thousands who have late-stage heart failure that will not even make it on the waiting list due to the severe rationing of donor hearts for transplant.
Together we must reduce these staggering statistics and do all that we can to save lives. In the United States, a survey revealed that while roughly 90% of adults support organ donation, only 60% are formally signed up as donors. It is wonderful to say you support the cause, but together we must all step up and take action.
If you think about it, we often spend a good amount of time in our daily lives donating in one form or another to help those in need through charitable donations of money, clothes, food or our time so why not continue giving and saving lives even when we are gone? Remember, by becoming an donor you aren’t saving one life but potentially 8 or more lives with your gift of donation. That is certainly making a huge difference and positively impacting several other individuals and their families. What an opportunity to help mankind!
In addition to awareness, it is also important that we honor the generosity of all donors who have already registered. Consider the individuals that are currently waiting for a transplant and remember all who are no longer with us because an organ was not available in time. To everyone who is already registered as a donor, a huge heart-felt THANKS!
Together, let us celebrate the ones we love this Valentine’s Day by dedicating this day to saving lives.
Stay safe & be well,