While we always say you should give the gift of relaxation and rejuvenation, today we are going to talk about a gift that is quite important: the gift of life. Every year, National Donor Day is observed during the second week of February. This is also known as National Organ Donor Day and was formed to increase the awareness about organ donation and how crucial it can be to saving lives.
In the United States alone there are more than 120,000 people acting for a life-saving organ donation. National Organ Donor Day has been recently named as National Donor Day because there are 5 different types of donation: organs, tissues, marrow, platelets, and blood. All five of these donations can save someone else’s life. Many nonprofit health organizations sponsor blood and marrow drives, as well as organ and tissue sign ups around the country. « Approximately every two seconds there is someone in the US who needs blood, which translates to the need of over 41,000 needed donations. »
Observing National Donor Day can be as simple as sharing a link or a hashtag online. However, you can go one step further with the donation of blood, platelets, marrow and signing your name as an organ donor. This year use #NationalDonorDay on social media and visit doantelifenw.org and organdonor.gov for more information on how to observe this important day and how to become a donor.
The first National Donor Day was founded in 1998 by the Saturn Corporation and other United Auto Workers partners. Along with he support of the US Department of Health and Human Services and many nonprofit health organizations, the National Donor Day was created.
Not only was this day enacted to help raise awareness about the importance of organ donation, but it is also set in place to celebrate those who have donated blood, tissues marrow, or organs or agreed to do so in case of a tragedy. Many times people are helping others that they do not even know, a very gracious act. Donating an organ is not the only way to celebrate and observe this day. It can be as simple as giving blood or signing off as an organ donor on your driver’s license; processes that are completely painless. Something as simple as donating a vile of your blood can save the life of someone in need of a transfusion, or blood during a surgery. What many people don’t know, is that blood transfusions are responsible for saving millions of lives each year.
Finding out where to donate blood is also an easy process. Just going on google will already give you a plethora of responses on where you can donate in your area. You can also visit the blood center online to find out more about blood and platelet donations and locations near you.
« Donor Day is about being selfless and giving some of yourself to save another person’s life. It’s a celebration of everything that’s wonderful about humanity, and a holiday we should all be celebrating. » For more information on this important day, visit donatelife.net or donoralliance.org to learn more.