National Donor Day: Give the Gift of Life
Feb. 14, 2018
This Valentineâs Day, there will undoubtedly be many gifts given, special messages and treats traded from the heart. But, what if you could take steps to give your whole heart â to someone who desperately needs it to survive? In addition to today being Valentineâs Day, itâs also National Donor Day. Itâs a day to focus on all types of donation including organ, eye, and tissue that could benefit the nearly 114,993 people waiting for a life-saving organ. As providers of health care training programs, we know how important organ donation is to saving lives. Here are a few fast facts, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, on why registration is so critical:
- 95% of U.S. adults support organ donation but only 54% are signed up as donors.
- EveryÂ 10 minutes another person is added to the waiting list.
- OnlyÂ 3Â inÂ 1,000 people die in a way that allows for organ donation.
- One Donor can potentially save eight lives.