National Donor Day is February 14
National Donor Day, also known as National Organ Donor Day, is a time that raises awareness of the importance of organ donors and the lives that are affected by them. Many medical afflictions require a transplant, and there is a shortage of eligible donors. States have encouraged their residents to register as organ donors, and this information can be relayed through driver’s licenses and state-issued IDs. Donors can also list their eligibility with a medical ID.
In the United States alone, more than 120,000 people are waiting for an organ donation. This is just the base number. Transplants are complex surgical procedures, and the success of an operation hinges on many factors. Not all organs are compatible with all patients, and even a successful match can have trouble if the recipient’s immune system rejects the transplant.
Transplant waiting lists are lengthy, and most patients who need an organ or tissue transplants die while waiting for a match. It’s an uncomfortable, sobering truth. To make matters more complicated, not many individuals are registered to be organ donors. Although there is popular support for being a donor, there are not many who have volunteered to be a part of this life-saving movement.
There are several ways to register to become an organ donor. Many states, through their DMV or Department of Transportation office, can help people sign up to be a donor. The federal government also has resources people can use to register.
Becoming an organ donor gives others a chance at a better life. It is also a serious decision that should never be taken lightly. It is highly encouraged to talk to your family and close friends about the decision to be a donor. If you wear a medical ID and have volunteered, make sure you note it by engraving “Organ and Tissue Donor” on your medical bracelet or tag.