March 24, 2015
Established in 2003 and recognized throughout the United States, National Donate Life Month works to raise awareness of organ, eye, tissue and blood donation while celebrating the generosity of those who have given the Gift of Life to others.
Here are a few important facts to consider:
Nearly 124,000 people in the U.S. are currently waiting for an organ transplant.
More than 1,000 of them are 10 years old or younger.
On average, 150 people are added to the nation’s organ transplant waiting list each day—one every 10 minutes.
Nearly 58% of patients awaiting lifesaving transplants are minorities.
Sadly, on average, 21 people die each day because the organs they need are not donated in time.
Each year, there are approximately 30,000 tissue donors and more than 1 million tissue transplants performed; but the surgical need for tissue continues to rise.
One in seven people entering a hospital need blood.
37% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood. Only 10% do annually.
If you are interesting in helping to save and enhance lives through organ, eye, tissue and blood donation, please visit www.unyts.org or look for Unyts at one of these events in April-
Donate Life Month campaign every Friday in April in the lobby of ECMC
Buffalo General Medical Center Blood and Registry Drive, April 7th
Blue & Green Day, April 17th
Donate Life Memorial Garden Planting at Delaware Park, April 18th
Unyts Bucket List Bash, April 24th
Buffalo Bandits Blood Drive, April 25th
Picture Yourself on the BNMC event, April 25th