UnityPoint Health - Des Moines celebrates this April as the 10th annual National Donate Life Month. Originally a week-long observance, it was officially recognized as a month-long event in 2003. The celebration commemorates those who have received or continue to wait for lifesaving transplants.
"While increasing the number of registered organ, eye and tissue donors that save and heal lives is part of our daily work," says Jean Shelton, VP Clinic Operations. "This month serves, not only to honor the lives of those who have given and received, it is also an opportunity to renew our commitment to saving lives."
There are now over 117,000 patients on the donor waiting list in the United States, and over 600 in Iowa alone. And the number of people in need of transplants continues to rise. The solution to this problem is to continue educating the public about the lifesaving effects of donation and transplantation and get them to make their decision known by signing up through their state donor registry. Currently, Iowa ranks third in the nation for registered donors, with 67% of adults marking "yes" to donation. Help us even further increase this rate by spreading the word about the importance of organ donation.
To register to become a donor or for more information visit donatelifeiowa.org.
Below are stories of individuals who have given or received the Gift of Life: