April is National Donate Life Month

Happy National Donate Life Month! During April, organizations, hospitals and community partners across the nation concentrate their efforts to promote awareness about the importance of organ and tissue donation and celebrate the heroes who saved and enhanced lives through the gift of donation. NJ Sharing Network’s calendar is full of awareness events and activities across the state and I’m very excited because I’ve been invited to participate in some of them!

One of the dates that we are most looking forward to is April 19th, which has been designated as National Donate Life Blue and Green Day! This is a day which we encourage legislators, corporations, hospital employees, schools, and community residents to wear blue and green to show their support of organ and tissue donation and National Donate Life Month. This is a fun and creative way to not only create awareness, but many 5K team captains are planning team-building and fundraising events on this day. How fun is that? I can’t wait to see everyone’s blue and green day pictures on Facebook and Twitter! You can also visit NJ Sharing Network’s website to find great ways to promote Donate Life Month in your local community.

Heart-healthy tip of the day: Monitor your alcohol. I enjoy a nice glass of red wine from time to time, but too much alcohol can damage the heart muscle, increase blood pressure and also lead to weight gain. Binge drinking will increase your risk of having a heart attack, so you should aim to limit your intake to one to two units a day…and by unit I mean one glass – not one bottle! 🙂

 

Happy National Donate Life Month!

Happy National Donate Life Month!

2 thoughts on “April is National Donate Life Month

  1. More than a comment is a question. Can a diabetic patient be an organ donor?. Can endanger health or worsen the recipient?

    • Hi Rafael,

      Anyone, regardless of age or medical history, can sign up to be a donor. It is possible for a diabetic individual to be an organ donor, however doctors will evaluate the condition of the organs when the time arises. As always, the outcome will be based on a combination of factors such as the individual’s specific illness and physical condition to determine which organs and tissues can be donated for transplant. An organ that could potentially harm the recipient is not able to be donated, and therefore it would not be recovered for transplant. Never rule yourself out, and sign up to save and enhance lives through organ and tissue donation! http://www.NJSharingNetwork.org

      That was a great question. Thank you!

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