Every April, LifeShare of Oklahoma celebrates National Donate Life Month, focusing national attention on every individual’s power to make life possible by registering their decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor.
To help illustrate the message of donation, Donate Life America creates unique artwork for each National Donate Life Month. The 2019 National Donate Life Month (NDLM) art was inspired by bicycles and the phrase, “Life is a beautiful ride.”
Bicycles serve as a symbol of progress, renewal and the moving circle of life. We each carry the potential to help make LIFE a beautiful ride for ourselves, and then for others by registering as a donor, considering living donation, being a caregiver and championing the Donate Life cause. The NDLM bicycle theme and art will be incorporated into celebrations and events across the country during April.
“This April, we want to remind everyone that they can help save and heal lives. We encourage all Oklahomans to take a moment and register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor,” said Jeffrey Orlowski, President and CEO of LifeShare said. “One donor may help save and heal more than 75 people, their families and their communities.”
You can register your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor at RegisterMe.org or in the Medical ID tab of the iPhone Health app.
Currently, 61% percent of adults in Oklahoma have registered their decision to be organ, eye and tissue donors. Yet the number of people in need of transplants continues to outpace the number of organs donated. There are more than 115,000 people nationwide waiting for a transplant and a second chance at life. On average, 22 people die each day because the organ they need is not donated in time—that is almost one person dying every hour. You can help by registering your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, and learning more about donation.
LifeShare is a nonprofit, federally designated organ procurement organization (OPO) dedicated to the recovery of organs and tissue for transplant purposes. We work closely with four transplant centers and 145 healthcare organizations in the state of Oklahoma to facilitate donation. Additionally, we strive to raise awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation through public education.
For more information about LifeShare, please visit www.lifeshareok.org.