National Donate Life Month
eMedical Urgent Care in NJ celebrates annual National Donate Life Month this April, a celebration commemorating those who have given the life through organ and tissue donation. Throughout the month, we’re spreading awareness for organ donation and celebrating the lives that have been saved and healed by the gift of life.
This year’s symbol for National Donate Life Month is a blue and green pinwheel. A pinwheel evokes various images and meanings, but the strongest association revolves around opportunity and energy. The pinwheel is symbolic of an instrument that turns obstacles into opportunities. The pinwheel’s ability to capture and pass on energy parallels one’s potential to make life possible.
Frequently Asked Questions: Organ and Tissue Donation
We understand that the unknown can be a little scary, but thankfully Donate Life America
has all of the answers to your common questions.
Who can be a donor?
Individuals of all ages and medical histories should consider themselves potential donors. Your medical condition at the time of death will determine what organs and tissue can be donated.
Does my religion support organ, eye and tissue donation?
Every major religion in the United States supports organ, eye and tissue donation as one of the highest expressions of compassion and generosity.
Is there a cost to be an organ, eye and tissue donor?
There is no cost to the donor’s family or estate for donation. The donor family pays only for medical expenses before death and costs associated with funeral arrangements.
Does donation affect funeral plans?
An open casket funeral is possible for organ, eye and tissue donors. Through the entire donation process the body is treated with care and respect. Funeral arrangements can continue as planned following donation.
What will happen to my donated organs or tissues?
When someone dies, the local organ procurement organization or tissue bank matches the donor’s organs with people waiting for transplants. Patients who receive your organs will be identified based upon many factors, including blood type, severity of illness and other medical criteria. Other factors, such as race, gender, age and income are not considered when determining who receives a transplant.
How do I enroll in the Organ and Tissue Donor Registry?
Currently in America, 118,000 people are waiting for an organ. Each day, 22 people die waiting. Another person is added to the waiting list every 10 minutes. Ninety-five percent of Americans are in favor of being a donor, but only 54 percent are actually registered.
If you haven’t registered to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor, April is the perfect time to register! There are several convenient ways to sign up:
- You can register online at www.registerme.org
- iPhone users can register through the health app.
- You also can sign up when you visit your state motor vehicle and driver license office.
Be sure to tell your family about your decision. If the time comes, they won’t be surprised and they can help carry out your wishes.
Celebrate Donate Life Month with eMedical Urgent Care in NJ
This April, we encourage you to stop to feel the breeze, watch the pinwheels and think of the lives of those touched by donation and transplantation. Learn more about national organ and tissue donation at https://www.unos.org
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