St. Anthony Regional Hospital is pleased to partner with the Iowa Donor Network to inspire Iowa to donate life during National Donate Life Month this April. Throughout Donate Life Month, the organizations will celebrate transplant recipients who have been given a new life, shine light on the many more who are still waiting, and honor donors and their families.
St. Anthony will provide educational opportunities for community members throughout the month, including a registration event on Friday, April 21. Volunteers will be on hand to provide information and assist with donor registration in the atrium from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The hospital also raised awareness of organ donation through a Donate Life flag raising ceremony on Tuesday, April 4.
"It is our goal to educate our communities on the importance and impact of organ donation," said Katie Towers, St. Anthony Education Services Director. "The act of registering to become an organ donor is the first step in saving a life."
Every year since 2003, April has been filled with stories to spread the lifesaving message of donation in order to inspire people to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. You can become a donor by registering at www.iowadonornetwork.org.
Approximately 65 percent of adults are registered donors in Iowa. Still, the number of people in need of transplants continues to outpace the number of donor organs. There are 119,000 Americans currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, over 700 of those live right here in Iowa. Unfortunately, not all those waiting will receive an organ in time. On average, 22 people die each day in the United States while waiting for a transplant. Registering your decision to become a donor is the most effective way to ensure you can save lives through donation and serves as a sign of hope for those who continue to wait.