Observed annually on February 14th, National Donor Day aims to raise awareness of the lifesaving benefits of organ, eye and tissue donation while reminding us of the importance of discussing the topic with loved ones.
Here in Colorado and Wyoming there are over 2,500 patients on the waiting list to receive a lifesaving organ transplant, and thousands more could benefit from lifesaving and healing eye and tissue donations.
Donate Life Colorado and Donate Life Wyoming are encouraging individuals to set aside some time this National Donor Day to discuss organ, eye and tissue donation with their families. Sharing your decision to be a donor is one of the most important conversations you can have with your family. When you join the organ, eye and tissue registry in Colorado or Wyoming, your decision to be a donor ultimately takes priority over your family’s preferences.
Your family will be informed of your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor at your time of death, and asked to provide information about your medical and social history. Making the decision for yourself in advance, and then sharing it with your family will make it easier for them during a very difficult time.
Don’t wait. Start the conversation with your family now. They’ll be glad you did.
You can learn more about the need for donation and how individuals can take action by visiting DonateLifeColorado.org or www.DonateLifeWyoming.org.