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National Donor Day

National Donor Day is celebrated every February 14th, on Valentine’s Day, a day dedicated to showing your friends, family and neighbors how much they mean to you. We can’t think of a better way to share the love than to raise awareness through conversation of the lifesaving benefits of organ, eye and tissue donation.

Share the Love and Start the Conversation

Sometimes though starting the conversation can be difficult. It is important to discuss your heroic decision with your family as your decision will take priority over your family’s preferences. Making the decision for yourself in advance makes it easier for your family during a very difficult time and is a compassionate way to share the love. Discussing donation with loved ones will help them be prepared to support your lifesaving decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor.

Use National Donor Day to share the love and #StarttheConversation with your family and celebrate your heroic choice to save and heal lives through donation! Here are a few easy tips to help you get started:

  • Start the conversation with your friends and family on social. News spreads fast on social media and we hope you’ll share the love with your community! Sharing on social media how you have said Yes to organ, eye and tissue donation and why it’s important to you spreads good news with others. On February 12th – 13th for 48 hours, share your donation decision on Facebook and celebrate National Donor Day with a free coffee on us! Remember to tag a loved one and share your decision with them using the hashtag #StarttheConversation. Then on National Donor Day, we’ll message you a code for a free coffee! Follow us on Facebook in Colorado and Facebook in Wyoming to stay tuned for this sweet way to share the love with your friends and family.
  • Start the conversation by showing your loved ones the heart on your ID. The organ, eye and tissue donation symbol on your ID is a heart with a “Y” inside, a visible display of your decision to #SharetheLove through organ, eye and tissue donation. Talk about what the heart means and how they, too, can earn a heart on their ID by saying Yes to donation when getting their ID or anytime online in Colorado and Wyoming.
  • Share the love and lifesaving impacts of donation and transplantation. Let your loved ones know that just one donor can save up to eight lives through organ donation and save and heal more than 75 lives through eye and tissue donation. Learn more about the need for donation and how everyone can help.

Nearly 2,000 people right here in our region are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant and thousands more are in need of healing tissue transplants. Signing up as an organ, eye and tissue donor gives hope to those in your community who are still waiting!

If you’re interested in other ways you can contribute to the conversation and help raise awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation all year long, please check out our Advocates for Life program here.