February seems to be the host of a lot of events regarding medicine and overall health. Conveniently enough, February 14 is also National Donor Day.

The aim of National Donor Day is to raise awareness on how important organ and tissue donation is. Being an organ donor has lifesaving benefits, so it’s important to be aware of this as well as discuss it with your loved ones.

National Donor Day doesn’t only focus on the donation of organs or tissue, but all kinds of donations e.g. blood, platelets and bone marrow. And since donation is so important a lot of associations organize different events for this occasion.

Every National Donor Day, we not only want to deliver the message that organ (and tissue) donation can save lives, but we also remember those that already donated in order to save someone’s life.

How to contribute to National Donor Day

There are many ways one can contribute to National Donor Day:

Sign-up to be a donor – This is a major role you can take on this National Donor Day. If you’ve made a decision to donate your organs, skin, eyes and other tissues after your time of death, get informed where you can sign up.

Discuss your decision – Breaking the news to your family/friends that you’ve signed up to become a donor is no easy task. It’s not like discussing current events or the weather. Don’t disregard this step! Because not only will you keep your family informed, but you will also prepare them for what’s to come and when the donation process starts. If you are having difficulties, make sure to speak to some counselors who can provide guidelines and literature on the matter.

Get educated – If you’re not yet determined on whether or not you want to become a donor and you’re curious, the best thing you can do is educate yourself. The more you learn about donation, the more you will understand the significance of the process and National Donor Day.

Interesting facts about organ and tissue donation

  • An organ and tissue donor can save up to 8 lives and help more than 70 people.
  • Organ donor can be literally anyone, no matter the age or medical history.
  • Organ donation is considered as a final act of love and generosity, that’s why many religions in the US support it.
  • Organ or tissue donation has no cost, to either the donor or his/her family.
  • Registering to be an organ donor takes only 30 minutes.

As an organ donor, you can help improve the situation in the US. For example, 20 people die every single day just because an important organ isn’t found on time. They are scarce. You also might know that there is such a thing as a national waiting list for organs. A person in need of an organ gets added to the list every 10 minutes. That’s a bit over 1,400 every single day. Nation-wide, more than 100 thousand men, women and children are waiting for an organ that can potentially save their life.

As you can see, National Donor Day is a big thing and everyone can contribute. You don’t necessary have to be registered as a donor. You can also share important content on social media, wear badges and do all sorts of things to raise awareness on the importance of organ/tissue donation.