Although millions of people across the United States are signed up as organ and tissue donors, there’s still a huge discrepancy in the number of organs needed versus what’s available. Because of this, National Donor Day was established to encourage people to register as donors.
Almost 22 people die each day waiting for a transplant because of the lack of availability when up to 8 of those people could be saved by just one organ donation. Even if you don’t feel comfortable becoming a organ or tissue donor, you can save three lives each time you donate blood.
Becoming an organ donor is easy and just about anyone, at any age, can become one. Sign up with your state’s Organ Donor Registry, select “Yes” when applying for your driver’s license, or sign a donor card, if applicable.