APRIL IS NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH, 2010

NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH, 2010

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

As Americans, we can demonstrate our commitment to one

another in the most difficult of circumstances through organ,

tissue, stem cell, and blood donation. During National Donate

Life Month, we honor donors who provide others with a second

chance for a healthy life and encourage more Americans to share

this precious gift.

Today, over 100,000 Americans await donation on the Organ

Procurement and Transplantation Network waiting list. Many will

receive a lifesaving transplant, but, for some, help will not

come fast enough. Whether they are coping with kidney failure

or recovering from severe injuries, these individuals’ lives

depend on the compassion of a loved one or a complete stranger.

Across our country, we face a shortage of donors and an urgent

need for help. We must respond with the spirit of generosity

that has always defined our national character.

Each organ or tissue donor can save many lives, and

becoming one is simple: join your State’s donor registry,

indicate your decision on your driver’s license, and inform

loved ones of your decision. There is no age limit for donors,

and because some conditions and blood types are more common in

certain ethnic and racial populations, the Department of Health

and Human Services especially encourages minorities to consider

donation.

Visit OrganDonor.gov to learn more about the urgent need

for donors and to find resources on how to donate. Together,

we can save lives and give hope to countless American families.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the

United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested

in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States,

do hereby proclaim April 2010 as National Donate Life Month.

I call upon health care professionals, volunteers, educators,

government agencies, faith-based and community groups, and

private organizations to join forces to boost the number of

organ, tissue, blood, and stem cell donors throughout our

Nation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this

first day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten,

and of the Independence of the United States of America the

two hundred and thirty-fourth.

BARACK OBAMA

Lover, Fighter, Friend, Journalist, and Activist.

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One comment on “APRIL IS NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH, 2010
  1. Dave Undis says:

    Over half of the 106,000 Americans on the national transplant waiting list will die before they get a transplant. Most of these deaths are needless. Americans bury or cremate about 20,000 transplantable organs every year. Over 9,000 of our neighbors suffer and die needlessly every year as a result.

    There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage — give organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die.

    Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. People who aren’t willing to share the gift of life should go to the back of the waiting list as long as there is a shortage of organs.

    Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at http://www.lifesharers.org or by calling 1-888-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition.

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