See Blue? See Green? Think Donate Life!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
See Blue? See Green? Think Donate Life!

—LifeGift to participate in national observance to raise awareness of donation —

Fort Worth, Texas, April 16, 2015 – You might be seeing a lot of blue and green on Friday, April 17
That’s because Friday, April 17, 2015, is National Donate Life Blue and Green Day– a fun and festive observance to offer hope to the 123,000 men, women and children waiting for a lifesaving transplant and countless others who wait for tissue and corneal transplants across the country.
You may see these two colors – the official colors of Donate Life – on adults, kids, pets and food throughout the day on Friday.
“We are encouraging Texans to show off their Donate Life pride to honor organ, eye and tissue donors and celebrate the people who received the gift of life through transplantation and to offer hope to the many who wait for the gift of life,” said Kevin Myer, president and CEO of LifeGift, the local organ and tissue recovery agency, which services counties in North, Southeast and West Texas.
National Donate Life Blue and Green Day is a unified national effort, in which legislators, newscasters, corporations, hospital employees, schools and community residents will wear blue and green to show their support of organ and tissue donation.
The colorful day is part of National Donate Life Month – a month-long observance to bring attention to organ, eye and tissue donation. Across Texas, there are 13,600 individuals waiting for an organ transplant and thousands of other in need of tissues and corneas. Every day, 79 people receive lifesaving transplants, returning them to their communities, employers, neighborhoods and communities. Even so, every day, 21 people die due to lack of available organs.
Registering is fast and easy at DonateLifeTexas.org and provides a way for people to make their wishes to be an organ and tissue donor known. It also provides legal, first-person authorization for organs to be donated, which removes the burden of decision-making from the family during an already difficult time.
Joining the registry takes only a few minutes online at DonateLifeTexas.org or can be done conveniently when applying for a Texas state ID card or driver’s license. Donation information and resources can also be found on the registry’s website.
For more information or to register as a donor, visit www.donatelifetexas.org or www.lifegift.org.

 

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About LifeGift Founded in 1987, LifeGift is a nonprofit organization that offers hope to individuals needing transplants in 109 Texas counties in the Houston area, North Texas and West Texas. It is a founding member of Donate Life Texas, the organization that runs the organ, eye and tissue donor registry. For more information, visit www.lifegift.org.
 

 

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