NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH, 2010
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
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
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
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.