The month of April marks the 10th annual National Donate Life Month. Originally a weeklong observance, it was officially recognized as a month-long event in 2003. The celebration commemorates those who have received or continue to wait for lifesaving transplants and honors the heroes who have given the gift of life as organ, eye and tissue donors.
Midwest Transplant Network (MTN) will partner with Overland Park Regional Medical Center (OPRMC) to kick off National Donate Life Month with a rose ceremony and flag-raising at 8 a.m. April 1 in honor of donor heroes and their families who have given the generous gift of life. OPRMC, part of HCA Midwest Health System—Kansas City’s largest healthcare network—will host the event with donor families, physicians, clinical staff and community members.
“This month serves as a time to not only honor the lives of those who have given and received, it is also an opportunity for Midwest Transplant Network to renew our commitment to saving lives,” says Jan Finn, MTN chief operations officer.
“This is a time to pay tribute to organ and tissue donors,” says Don Fishman, MD, Trauma Services medical director at OPRMC. “Their quiet compassion and generosity touch so many lives; their selfless acts and the courage of their families truly inspire hope at moments of profound need.”
There are now more than 110 million registered donors in the United States, including more than 900,000 from Kansas and more than 3 million from Missouri. 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 get them to make their decision known by signing up through their