Mid-America Transplant Services Celebrates National Donate Life Month
Posted March 30, 2015 in News Category
National Donate Life Month:
A time to register as a donor and provide hope to those in need
Join Mid-America Transplant Services (MTS) in recognizing National Donate Life Month this April, a month-long celebration that showcases the various perspectives of those touched by donation and transplantation. Every year since 2002, April has been filled with stories to spread the lifesaving message of donation in order to motivate people to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. You can become a donor by registering at www.mts-stl.org/join.
Locally, MTS is celebrating National Donate Life Month through outreach and activities in the community to increase donor awareness. These events will take place in local hospitals, libraries, schools, license offices and throughout the community. Through a partnership with the Saint Louis Science Center, the James S. McDonnell Planetarium will be illuminated green on April 14 to raise awareness for organ and tissue donation.
These events to raise awareness and increase registry enrollment are important because 120,000 people nationwide – 1,500 in the St. Louis region – are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. Part of the solution to this problem is to continue educating the public about the lifesaving effects of donation and transplantation and encouraging them to join their state donor registry. One person can save up to eight lives and improve 50 more.
Approximately half of the U.S. adult population is registered as donors, including 65 percent of licensed drivers from the state of Missouri. Still, the number of people 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. Registering your decision to become a donor is the most effective way to ensure you can save lives through donation and serves as a sign of hope to those who continue to wait.