There are an abundance of special observances that last a day, a week or a month. All intend to raise awareness about a specific cause, and all are worthy of attention.

One that specifically catches our eye occurs each year in April and is known as National Donate Life Month. It was instituted by Donate Life America and its partners in the early 2000s. The public awareness campaign is designed to encourage more Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those who have saved lives through the gift of organ and tissue donation.

Generosity and kindness truly make the world go ’round. What is special about organ donations is they don’t just help others people have better lives. They actually saves lives. It is never too late to contemplate what that means and it’s never too late to become a registered organ donor.

While organ donation is an intensely personal decision, Donate Life America explains that there are important facts to consider:

· 114,000 men, women and children await lifesaving organ transplants and are on the national transplant list.

· Every 10 minutes another person is added to the national transplant waiting list.

· 8,000 deaths occur every year in the U.S. because organs are not donated in time.

· 22 people die each day because the organ they need is not donated in time.

· 82 percent of patients waiting are in need of a kidney.

· One out of three deceased donors is over the age of 50.

There are thousands upon thousands of heart-wrenching stories with happy endings because people became donors. In 2018 alone, there were 17,500 donors who brought new life to those in need of life-saving transplants.

And we ask you to remember one last important fact: One organ donor can save eight lives.

We urge to consider becoming a donor. To learn more, go online to www.RegisterMe.org.

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