Gift of life encourages individuals to generate hope, advocacy and passion by registering to become an organ, tissue and cornea donor
Each day, 21 people in the United States die while waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Main Line Health is pleased to join Gift of Life Donor Program and organ procurement organizations throughout the country to inspire hope, advocacy and passion for National Donate Life Month and beyond. Gift of Life is encouraging individuals to register to become an organ, tissue and cornea donor.
“The number of people in need of transplants far exceeds the number of organs, tissues and corneas that are donated, and at Gift of Life, we’re passionate about educating people on the need to become an organ, tissue and cornea donor,” said Howard M. Nathan, President and CEO. “It’s only through education, community outreach and our strong partnerships with the 15 transplant centers and 129 acute care hospitals in our area that we are able to save more lives.”
“As a health system, we are uniquely positioned to not only tend to the health of our patients, but to inspire our community to be mindful of wellness in all aspects of life,” said Barbara Wadsworth, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Main Line Health. “The more people we can inspire to become organ donors (donor designated), the better we can serve our mission to be advocates for the well-being of our entire community.”
Individuals are encouraged to talk with family members and friends about registering as a donor. Each organ, tissue and cornea donor can help up to 50 people.
Some important facts about organ, tissue and cornea donation:
- Anyone can be a potential donor regardless of age, race or medical history.
- More than 5,700 patients in the region await life-saving organ transplants. Thousands of others could benefit from life-enhancing tissue transplants.
- Only 46 percent of registered drivers in Pennsylvania have designated themselves as organ and tissue donors.
- With at least 101,000 people across the nation awaiting a kidney, they are the organ in greatest demand, followed by liver, heart and lungs.
- Because conditions such as diabetes and hypertension are often more prevalent in the multicultural community, these individuals make up more than 50 percent of those on the national organ transplant list.
About Gift of Life Donor Program
Since 1974, Gift of Life has coordinated more than 40,000 life-saving organ transplants and an estimated 600,000 tissue transplants. Gift of Life serves as the link between donors and patients awaiting life-saving organ and life-enhancing tissue transplants. Serving nearly 11 million people in the region, Gift of Life’s coordination of over 44 donors-per-million-population ranks among the highest in the world.