MTS encourages St. Louisans to Carry the Badge of Honor
Posted March 27, 2012 in News Category
A staggering statistic: More than 1,300 St. Louisans are currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. For some, it is their only hope of survival. More lives could be saved each year if more people made the decision to join the organ and tissue donor registry.
April is Donate Life Month, created to raise awareness of the vast need for registered organ and tissue donors. This year, Mid-America Transplant Services is encouraging St. Louisans to “carry the Badge of Honor” – the small emblem on their driver or non-driver license that indicates their participation in the organ and tissue donor registry.
Celebrated for the ninth consecutive year, National Donate Life Month is a month-long celebration honoring the generosity of organ, eye and tissue donors and their families. It commemorates all transplant recipients in the United States. While 2011 marked the achievement of 100 million designated organ, eye, and tissue donors in state donor registries, the need for organ, eye, and tissue transplants is steadily increasing. Adding more donors to every state registry is critical.
You can carry the badge of honor by joining the organ and tissue donor registry at www.missouriorgandonor.com. Illinois residents can sign up at www.ilsos.gov and Arkansas residents at www.donatelifearkansas.org.
You might also consider helping to raise awareness by wearing blue and green on Friday, April 20 for National Donate Life Blue and Green Day. Additionally, MTS will partner with Donate Life Missouri for Donate Life Day at the Capitol, an event aimed at raising awareness of organ and tissue donation with Missouri state legislators. For more Donate Life Month events, visit our calendar.