Life Saving Organ Donations Celebrated
April Donate Life Month in Medford
719 lives saved in 2015 thanks to organ donation
Individuals personally touched by donation share their stories at City Hall
On April 12, Mayor Stephanie Burke joined individuals that have been personally touched by donation including a heart recipient, MA RMV leadership, legislators, and New England Organ Bank to celebrate organ and tissue donation and announce April as Donate Life Month in the City of Medford, encouraging citizens to register as organ and tissue donors.
In 2015, 719 lives were saved here in New England because of the generosity of individuals who became organ donors. Thousands more lives were enhanced through the gift of tissue donation. With the need for life-saving transplants growing every day – over 121,000 patients are now on the US transplant wait list – it is crucial to educate our communities about taking action to register as donors. The celebration commemorates those who have received or continue to wait for lifesaving transplants as well as the families of individuals who chose to be donors.
The state plays an important role in this process as the vast majority of individuals in Massachusetts (99%) who register as an organ and tissue donor do so at the state Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV). There are now 120 million registered donors in the United States; still, the number of people in need of transplants continues to rise. The solution to this problem is to continue educating the public about the lifesaving effects of donation and transplantation and encouraging them to sign up through their state donor registry.
About New England Organ Bank: New England Organ Bank is the federally-designated, non-profit procurement organization responsible for the surgical recovery of organs and tissues for transplant throughout the New England region. For more information and to register as a donor visit www.DonateLifeNewEngland.org.