National Donor Day is next Saturday, Valentine’s Day; but we’ll be a little busy with a wedding on that day so today’s a good day to think about joining the list of more than 120 million U.S. organ donors this week.
Started in 1998, National Donor Day focuses on five points of life: organs, tissues, marrow, platelets, and blood.
Here’s a few facts about organ donation from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services:
- Did you know 61% of living donors are women but 59% of deceased donors are men?
- Did you know that in 2013 28,954 people received organ transplants?
- Did you know on average 79 people receive an organ transplant every day?
- Did you know that more than 1000 children under 10 received organ transplants in 2013?
- Did you know that 78% of pancreas recipients are still living 10 years after their transplant?
Click the link below for more information about registering as an organ donor or make a date with the blood bank and donate a pint of blood.
Don’t you just love the messages on the candy hearts?