Guest Commentary: Five ways to mark National Donate Life

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Susan Koomar is an editorial content specialist with the Gift of Life Donor Program.

Every minute counts for more than 5,000 children and adults waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant in Delaware and across our area, according to the Gift of Life Donor Program.

Gift of Life, the organ and tissue donor program, is working to give each person on the waitlist a second chance at life and invites everyone to join in celebrating the power of donation during April, which is National Donate Life Month. This year’s theme, “Make a Splash,” was inspired by the natural world of a pond coming to life in the spring — a time of renewal and hope.

The impact just one donor can make is extraordinary. One organ donor can save up to eight lives, and a tissue donor can transform the lives of as many as 100 people through gifts of corneas, skin, bone, veins, ligaments and heart valves.

Here are five ways to take part in National Donate Life Month:

1.) Register as a donor. It takes less than a minute. Anyone can be a potential donor, regardless of age or medical history.

2.) Share your decision: Tell your family and friends about your lifesaving decision and encourage them to sign up. Donors are heroes.

3.) Learn more: Explore our website at donors1.org to discover facts about donation and much more.

4.) Connect with us on social media: Read and share inspiring stories about donors and transplant recipients from our community by following the Gift of Life on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

5.) Help make history: Our Gift of Life region has been the most generous for organ and tissue donation in the United States for a remarkable 15 years in a row and set a record for the most kidney transplants in U.S. history in 2022. Selfless donors and their compassionate families have saved thousands of lives with support from health care heroes in the 126 acute care hospitals and 13 transplant centers that the Gift of Life works with.

The Gift of Life Donor Program is a nonprofit, federally designated organ procurement organization serving 11.3 million people in Delaware, the eastern half of Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. Since 1974, the Gift of Life has coordinated more than 58,000 lifesaving organs for transplant, and more than 2 million tissue transplants have resulted from the generosity of donors and their families. Learn more at donors1.org.

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