Throughout Donate Life Month, transplant recipients who have been given a new life are celebrated, donors and their families are honored and the stories of those who are still waiting are shared with the hope of improving lives through donation.
Every year since 2002, 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.
The official Donate Life flag will fly over St. Anthony Regional Hospital throughout the month of April. Emergency Services staff will wear Donate Life T-shirts to promote awareness and as a reminder to others to register as an organ donor.
Approximately 72 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 116,000 Americans currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, more than 600 of those live right here in Iowa. Unfortunately, not all those waiting will receive an organ in time. On average, 20 people die each day in the United States while waiting for a transplant. It’s our vision that all Iowans are inspired to donate life.
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.
National Wear Blue/Green day in honor of donation will be Friday, April 12th. Participants are encouraged to share photos at www.donatelife.net for a chance to win prizes. For more information about Iowa Donor Network activities, visit www.iowadonornetwork.org.
Pictured (left to right): St. Anthony team members Corynn Irlbeck and Nikole Hannasch, Radiologic Technicians; Lori Pietig, Director of Radiology; Maria Ortiz, Environmental Services; Scott Smith, M.D., Acute Care / Emergency Room; Sara Roth, RN, Director of Emergency Room; and Tammy Roetman, RN, Emergency Room
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