Life is a Beautiful Ride: April is National Donate Life Month
Bicycles adorn Donate Life America’s Donate Life Month campaign this year. Why bicycles you ask?
Each year, Donate Life America selects a theme to illustrate the beauty that organ, eye and tissue donation holds for the donor family, the recipient and those still awaiting lifesaving organs and tissue. For the 2019 National Donate Life Month theme, Donate Life America was inspired by bicycles and the phrase, “Life is a beautiful ride.” Like the donation and transplantation journey, a bicycle serves as a symbol of progress, renewal and the moving circle of life.
Bicycles come in all styles, shapes and sizes, but each is comprised of the same components, essential to supporting the rider and converting their energy into motion. Similarly, organ, eye and tissue donation offers many ways to give hope, support and strength to patients waiting, recipients and donor families. We each carry the potential to help make LIFE a beautiful ride for ourselves, and then for others, by registering as a donor, considering living donation, being a caregiver and championing the cause.
National Donate Life Month (NDLM) was instituted by Donate Life America (DLA) and its partnering organizations in 2003. Celebrated in April each year, NDLM features an entire month of local, regional and national activities to encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through donation.
LifeGift, the organ procurement organization (OPO) that services the Houston area, will mark the month with a variety of celebrations and activities to celebrate lives saved and legacies of those who gave.
This April, the donation and transplantation community will celebrate that 54 percent of Texas adults have registered their decision to make LIFE possible and be organ, eye and tissue donors at the time of their deaths. This provides hope to the nearly 114,000 people (nationally)** and more than 10,000 Texans who wait for a transplant and a second chance at life. On average, 22 people die each day because the organ they need is not donated in time – that is almost one person dying every hour. The community can help be registering to be an organ, eye and tissue donor and inquiring about living donation.
**Data from the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) as of February 25, 2019.