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April Marks National Donate Life Month - A Time To Remember, A Time to Celebrate & A Time To Help Save Lives

TAMPA, FL – (March 31, 2017) – April 1st marks federally sanctioned Donate Life Month. Throughout the month, LifeLink of Florida honors the spirit of those individuals who make transplants possible—organ, tissue and eye donors. We celebrate the lives of  recipients fortunate enough to have received their second chance at life thanks to the generosity of an organ donor, remember the heroes of organ and tissue donation whose legacies live on in the lives of those they helped save - and call attention to the more than 118,000 men, women and children who still wait; more than 5,600 patients waiting in Florida alone. Today, we encourage everyone to take action to save lives.

One organ donor can potentially save the lives of eight people, and improve the lives of 70 more through tissue donation.  Donation, with the primary exception of living kidney donation, occurs after death and deciding to register as a donor does not impact your medical care should you become ill or injured in an accident.  People of all ages can choose to donate and help others in need, and donation is supported by all major religions as a personal choice and act of generosity.  Donation places no financial burden on the donor’s family.

Last year, more than 33,000 lives were saved throughout the country thanks to organ donation, more than ever before, and thousands more were improved through tissue transplantation. Sadly, 22 people die each day because of a lack of available organs for transplant. As tens of thousands of patients await throughout the United States for their chance to receive the Gift of Life through kidney, heart, lung, liver, pancreas and/or small intestine transplants, we each have the opportunity to help make a lifesaving difference for critically ill patients, simply by registering as organ and tissue donors online at www.DonateLifeFlorida.org or during a driver license transaction while at your local driver license office.

Contact LifeLink of Florida for more information on organ and tissue donation at (800) 262-5775 or visit www.LifeLinkFoundation.org.

LifeLink of Florida is a non-profit community service organization dedicated to the recovery of organs and tissues for transplantation.  To register as an organ and tissue donor, visit www.DonateLifeFlorida.org. LifeLink can assist with coordinating a presentation to local civic groups on the importance of donation; schedule a presentation to high school students to help increase awareness of this national health crisis and/or facilitate an interview with a local organ recipient or donor family as part of a feature story to help further the Donate Life message throughout our community.