National Donor Day

It’s that time of the year to bring awareness about donating!

Emily Lemerand, Editor and Chief

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February 14th is just any other day that rolls around once a year, so what’s the importance of it? Except for valentines day of course. This day of recognition was created in 1998 set in place with the help of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and nonprofit health organizations. It is National Donors day. 

Everyday, thousands of patients are at home or even at the hospital just waiting for a transplant organ or blood. According to www.organdonor.gov, as of July 2019, there are 113,000 men, women and children on the national transplant waiting list. This number sounds like a big number, but it gets worse. In 2018, there were only 36,528 transplants performed, leaving thousands of people without available transplants. 

The good news is that it only takes one person to save eight different people’s lives and why? This is because one person can donate their heart, two lungs, liver, pancreas, two kidneys, their intestines, among a few other body parts. Many people support donating your organs, although are not actually registered to do so and most of the time the decision itself depends on the person’s surroundings and their community.