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Apr 3, 2018

Celebrate Donate Life Month

By Mayo Clinic Transplant Staff, @mayoclinictransplantstaff

April is National Donate Life Month, a month-long observance commissioned by Donate Life America intended to encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.


If you’re passionate about organ donation, a donor yourself, or a recipient – we invite you to join us in celebrating Donate Life Month.

Here are five ways to participate:

  1. Update your social media images. Donate Life has Facebook, Instagram and Twitter photos and frames that you can use in place of your social media images throughout April. This year’s artwork was inspired by the image of a rainbow and Maya Angelou’s quote, “Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” Head over to Donate Life’s website to check it out!
  2. Dress for the occasion. National Donate Life Blue & Green Day is Friday, April 13. Wear blue and green to spread awareness of the nearly 115,000 people on the transplant waiting list. Looking for some organ donation swag? Visit this page to get decked out. We'd love to see your photos!
  3. Participate in a local event. Scan your community calendar for local events recognizing Donate Life Month. If you don’t see any, plan your own! The Katie Ride for Life in Amelia Island, Florida, and the Timmay 5K are two events taking place near Mayo Clinic campuses.
  4. Share your story. Why are you passionate about organ donation? Tell your story to those around you, whether it be via a Facebook post or through a one-to-one conversation. Personal testimonies are a powerful way to help others understand the difference they can make as an organ donor.
  5. Join our social media campaign. Throughout April, the Transplantation at Mayo Clinic Facebook page will be drawing attention to the need for organ donors, and promoting our goal of registering 200 donors using this link throughout the month. We encourage you to like, comment and share these posts with the people in your network.

Ninety-five percent of Americans are in favor of being an organ donor, but only 56 percent are registered. Help fill the gap by educating those around you about the incredibly easy and critically important step of becoming an organ donor.


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