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Press Release Archive (2016)

April is National Donate Life Month

Let the Sun Shine In!

For the 2016 National Donate Life Month artwork, Donate Life America was inspired by the mighty sunflower. 

National Donate Life Month 2016

It’s difficult to overlook their stature and bright color. A sunflower’s orangey yellow hue evokes feelings of optimism, warmth and cheerfulness. Often found in fields, they stand confident, sheltering each other and following the light throughout their lives.

Look a little closer and you will notice that one sunflower’s face contains as many as 2,000 seeds. With these, it has the potential to create an entirely new field of flowers. We each have a similar potential to give life when we register our decision to become an organ, eye and tissue donor. One organ donor can save and heal the lives of up to eight people through organ donation and countless others through tissue donation. A chance at new life gives beyond the recipient. Just as a new field of sunflowers brings comfort and happiness to those that come into contact with it, so does a loved one’s gift of donation to his or her family and friends.

Through life and its struggles, the sunflower reminds us to lean on each other and embrace the life-giving aspects of our lives. It reminds us to live with joy, to focus on the light even during difficult times, and to give freely to save the lives of others when we are gone.

This April marks the 13th annual National Donate Life Month, a celebration commemorating those who have given the gift of life through organ and tissue donation. For those whose lives have been saved or healed by a transplant, National Donate Life Month provides a chance to share their story to encourage more people to register as donors.

In addition to organ donation, tissue donations help over one million individuals each year.  Heart valve, bone and skin donations give recipients a new chance at a healthy life, the recovery of tendons and ligaments can help heal a severe sports injury, and cornea donations give the gift of sight. 

You can celebrate this special time by discussing organ and tissue donation with friends and family, encourage others to join the registry and help raise awareness by joining the Facebook and Twitter pages of Donate Life New England. Remember, you have the power to donate life.

Check your driver's license now

Does it have the donor symbol on it? If so, you are already registered as an organ and tissue donation and have joined the millions who give hope to those waiting. If you are not currently registered, you can sign up online.

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