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National Organ Donor Day - February 14th

Did you know that Valentine’s Day shares a holiday with a life-saving day of awareness? That’s right! National Donor Day, an observance dedicated to spreading awareness and education about organ, eye and tissue donation, is also observed on February 14th.

Not only is National Donor Day a time to focus on donations, it is also a day to show gratitude for donors who have provided the gift of life, for patients who have received a donation, for those who are still waiting for an organ donation and also those patients who did not receive an organ in time.

Organ Donation Statistics

  • Since 1988, 860,000 organ transplants have been performed
  • More than 100,000 men, women and children are waiting for life-saving organ transplants
  • Every 10 minutes another person is added to the national transplant waiting list
  • Every day 20 people die because the organ they need was not donated in time
  • In 2020, more than 18,300 donors brought new life to recipients and their families
  • 8 lives can be saved if a person registers to donate their organs, cornea and tissues

This year marks the 28th anniversary of National Donor Day, which was launched by the Donate Life America organization. During that time the organization registered 169 million organ, eye and tissue donors here in the United States!

The Transplant Institute at Methodist Dallas knows that without organ donations they would be unable to provide the many life-saving transplants performed by our team of physicians and surgeons. We know that through education and widespread sharing that we can all take steps to help save and heal more lives. We encourage our patients, family, loved ones, colleagues and every member of our extensive care teams to consider becoming an organ donor and to also share as often as possible the incredible gift of life that can come from becoming a registered organ donor.

How can you help?

  1. Become a registered organ donor (HERE)
  2. Encourage others to become organ donors
  3. Donate $ to organ donor organizations
  4. Raise awareness through social media posting