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Proclamation Declaring April as Donate Life Month

Hospital news | Wednesday, March 23, 2011

As 3,550 Alabamians continue to wait for a life-saving organ transplant, the nation readies to observe "National Donate Life Month" in April. On March 29th, Governor Bentley will be signing a proclamation declaring April as Donate Life Month in Alabama.

Donate Life Month celebrates the 26, 214 successful organ transplants in the U.S. last year, a miracle that was made possible by 13, 251 individuals who gave the “Gift of Life”; 5,984 made living donations and 7, 267 donated after death. In 2010, 392 life-saving organs were recovered for transplant; 205 individuals donated in Alabama, including 126 donations after death while 79 living donors provided organs for transplant.

"Surveys show that 90% of the population support donation, but that support needs to be shared. Your family and friends need to know your commitment to saving lives after your death. In Alabama, we have a state registry so decisions can be documented; I encourage everyone to sign up on the registry at the Department of Motor Vehicles or on our website at www.alabamaorgancenter.org.” said Dem Lalisan, Director for the Alabama Organ Center. He additionally states, “Myths and misinformation about donation discourage individuals from registering to be donors. We are committed to dispelling these myths and providing the correct information to increase organ and tissue donation.”

The top 5 donation FACTS are:
-Registering to be a donor will NOT interfere with any life-saving medical care.
-People of any age and with any medical condition can register to be a donor.
-There is never a cost to the family or estate for organ or tissue donation.
-An open casket funeral or cremation is possible after donation.
-All major religions support donation as a generous life-saving act.

One donor can save the lives of eight people through organ donation, and up to fifty more can be helped through eye and tissue donation. As many as 18 patients die each day in the U.S. awaiting an organ transplant.

To learn more about donation, visit www.alabamaorgancenter.org or call 1-800-252-3677.

Alabama Organ Center (AOC) is the federally designated organ procurement organizations serving the citizens of Alabama. AOC is a non-profit organization, working closely with the Department of Motor Vehicles and Partner Hospitals throughout Alabama to provide donation opportunities to families.