LifeGift Offers Hope During National Donate Life Month
Lifesaving gifts celebrated and remembered through national observance
Lubbock, Texas (April 1, 2015) – LifeGift, the local nonprofit organ and tissue donation agency that offers hope to individuals needing lifesaving organ and tissue transplants in 109 Texas counties, will participate in the 13th annual National Donate Life Month this April. The national observance, which showcases the various perspectives of those touched by donation and transplantation, will be filled with stories to spread the lifesaving message of donation to motivate people to register as organ, eye and tissue donors on Donate Life Texas, the official registry of the state of Texas.
One of these stories is that of Joshua Castro. On April 20, 2012, Joshua was riding an ATV when he hit a hole. The vehicle flipped, and Joshua sustained severe head trauma. Three days later, the 17 year-old was declared brain dead. When asked about organ and tissue donation, Joshua’s mom, Alicia said “yes” without hesitation. Joshua was able to donate his heart, liver, kidneys, pancreas, small intestine and bone. (For Joshua’s full story, visit www.lifegift.org/JoshuaCastro )
Approximately half the U.S. adult population is registered as donors, more than 7 million from the state of Texas. Every day across the country, more 79 people receive a lifesaving organ transplant and countless others are saved through tissue donations. Even so, the number of people in the U.S. in need of transplants continues to outpace the number of donor organs. On average, 21 people die each day because the organs they need are not donated in time.
“Donation saves lives and restores families every day, but it can only happen when someone makes the important decision to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor,” said Kevin Myer, president and CEO of LifeGift.”When you say ‘YES’ to organ and tissue donation, you offer hope and have the potential to save many lives.”
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.
Q&A with the Castro Family
What else gives you hope?
That one day we will have the opportunity to meet all the recipients who received the gift of life on behalf of our son Joshua.
How do you help spread hope to others?
By sharing our story with others on the multiple blessings we have received and are still receiving for making the decision to donate.
If you could say one thing to Joshua’s recipients, what would it be?
We will always pray for you –will always have a place in our heart for you all. Our son lives in you here on Earth and in Heaven. Praise God.