Lifesharing Celebrates a Successful Donate Life Month
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Lifesharing would like to thank all of its families and community partners for making Donate Life Month a huge success. There were many events held across San Diego and California — all with the goal of inspiring people to register as organ and tissue donors.
On April 1st, Lifesharing Executive Director Lisa Stocks kicked off Donate Life Month with a live interview on KUSI’s “Good Morning San Diego.” She addressed the shortage of organs, both locally and nationally. “In San Diego County, there are more than 2,000 people waiting for an organ transplant. Organ donation is a really rare occurrence,” she told KUSI Anchor, Jason Austell. “In San Diego County, there are only about 100 organ donors per year, so that doesn’t go very far to help the 115,000 people waiting in the United States.”
A few days later, Lifesharing assembled a unique alliance of transplant recipients and health groups for a rare joint press conference. Heart, liver, lung, kidney and pancreas recipients issued a collective plea for donor registrations. And they blew out the candles on a large “Re-Birthday cake,” symbolic of the new life they received through organ donation.
Lifesharing staffers were also part of the Donate Life California delegation that was recognized by the State Assembly in April. Lawmakers gave the delegation a round of applause for its efforts to increase donor registrations through the DMV. With the help of Lifesharing, several San Diego DMV offices took part in “Blue and Green Day” on April 13th, decorating their work spaces in the colors of the Donate Life logo.
Lifesharing’s hospital partners continue to be incredible champions for organ donation as well. Many flew the “Donate Life” flag and illuminated their buildings in blue and green for the month of April. Several hospitals also encouraged their staff to dress up for “Blue and Green Day.” Lifesharing is also extremely grateful to the San Diego funeral homes who also raised the “Donate Life” flag this month, in honor of local donors.
California has the longest transplant waiting list in the nation, at more than 21,000. One person can save 8 lives and heal 75 others through organ and tissue donation. Thank you for helping us spread the word!
To register as a donor, click here.