Celebrating life and honoring the gift of organ, eye and tissue donation
[April 1, 2023 – Richmond, VA] — Each April, Donate Life America (DLA) leads National Donate Life Month (NDLM), an observance focusing national attention on the need and importance of organ, eye and tissue donation. National Donate Life Month is about the importance of registering your decision to be a donor, honoring deceased and living donors, and celebrating the lives they saved. It is the generosity of donors and donor families that makes saving lives through transplantation possible.
Donate LifeSM is the national brand for the cause of donation, uniting the hundreds of donation and transplantation organizations; the more than 100,000 patients waiting for transplant; the life and legacy of the more than 1 million recipients in the U.S. and their families; the donor families who say yes in their time of grief, and the more than 170 million people who have registered their decision to be a donor and help others at the end of their life.
Ways to participate in National Donate Life Month 2023:
Give hope and help save lives by registering your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor at your local DMV, on RegisterMe.org or in your iPhone Health App.
Share the Donate Life message by educating others about how their generosity can help save and heal lives.
Learn more about living donation as another way to help those waiting for a second chance at life
Join key celebrations throughout April to support the Donate Life cause online and in your community:
Donate Life Living Donor Day, April 5, 2023
Celebrate the lifesaving generosity of living donors and learn more about living donation.
Blue & Green Spirit Week, April 8-14, 2023
The week leading up to National Donate Life Blue & Green Day has themed days focused on appreciation, outreach and education – download the full week calendar.
National Donate Life Blue & Green Day, April 14, 2023
On Donate Life Blue & Green Day, everyone is invited to show their blue & green colors in support of the Donate Life message and mission – and join the National Donate Life Blue & Green Day Photo Contest!
National Pediatric Transplant Week, April 23-29, 2023
The last full week of National Donate Life Month is dedicated to kids. National Pediatric Transplant Week (NPTW) focuses on ending the pediatric transplant waiting list.
National Pediatric Transplant Week is a collaboration of Donate Life America (DLA), the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the American Society of Transplantation (AST), the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS), and Transplant Families.
Donate Life America creates unique artwork each year to celebrate National Donate Life Month. The 2023 National Donate Life Month Artwork was inspired by the natural world of a pond coming to life in the spring. Frogs (and toads!) are a sign of healing and renewal, and water lilies represent hope. The lily pads we see on the surface of a pond are part of a much larger plant rooted below the water. The water lily plant reminds us of the support and collaboration needed for hope to bloom. NDLM art is used in resources and events throughout April.
*Data from the Donate Life America (DLA) Registry Overview Report, organdonor.gov, and Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) as of March 2023.
About Donate Life America
Donate Life America (DLA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization leading its national partners and Donate Life State Teams to increase the number of donated organs, eyes and tissue available to save and heal lives. DLA owns, manages and promotes Donate Life℠, the national logo and brand for the cause of donation; motivates the public to register as organ, eye and tissue donors; provides education about living donation; manages the National Donate Life Registry at RegisterMe.org; and develops and executes effective multi-media campaigns to promote donation.
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