Think Blue! Think Green! Think Donate Life!
You might be seeing a lot of blue and green on Friday, April 13.
That’s because Friday, April 13 is National Donate Life Blue and Green Day– a fun and festive observance to offer hope to the 116,000 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 more than 11,000 individuals waiting for an organ transplant and thousands of other in need of tissues and corneas. Every day, more than 80 people receive lifesaving transplants, returning them to their communities, employers, neighborhoods and communities. Even so, every day, 22 people die due to lack of available organs for transplant.
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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.
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Established in 1987, LifeGift is a nonprofit 501 (c)3 organization that offers hope to individuals needing transplants in Southeast, North and West Texas. A founding member of Donate Life Texas, the organization that runs the organ, eye and tissue donor registry, LifeGift services 10 transplant centers and 200 donor hospitals. It is accredited by the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) and the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB). For more information, visit www.lifegift.org, follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram.