April is National Donate Life Month

April is National Donate Life Month, a time to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.

Currently, there are more than 2,300 patients in the D.C. metropolitan area waiting for a lifesaving transplant. Patients like Kiyana Porter who is hooked up to a dialysis machine three times a week as she juggles her career and motherhood. She has been waiting for a kidney transplant for 18 months. Across the United States, there are more than 114,000 patients on the national transplant waiting list who need a kidney, heart, lungs, pancreas, liver, or intestine.

For the 2019 National Donate Life Month theme, Donate Life America was inspired by bicycles and the phrase “Life is a beautiful ride.” Like the donation and transplantation journey, a bicycle serves 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 cause. This National Donate Life Month, we ask you to consider your role in this lifesaving and healing journey, and how you can inspire others to provide hope through donor registration and living donation.

Washington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC), the non-profit organ procurement organization in the D.C. metropolitan area, is hosting more than 30 local events in April to raise awareness about the importance of donation. In addition, WRTC is participating in several public awareness campaigns to educate people in the D.C. metro area about organ, eye and tissue donation with the goal of increasing the number of registered organ donors, and ultimately saving more lives

WRTC works in partnership with six transplant centers and 44 hospitals to decrease the number of patients waiting for a lifesaving organ. To learn more, and register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, visit BeADonor.org/Register.