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Published on April 23, 2015

Giving the Gift of Life: April is National Donate Life Month

Donate Life

Life is a whirlwind, and thinking about the day our lives come to an end is something most people do not want to contemplate. That’s why it is important to live life to the fullest, making memories with friends and family. But when that inevitable last day comes, have you thought about living on by helping others – specifically through organ and tissue donation.

Fact: Approximately, 123,363 people in the U.S. are waiting for an organ donation.*

Sadly, most of these people will never receive that much-needed organ and will lose their second chance at life.

Donate LifeFact: One organ donor can save up to eight lives.

By registering as an organ donor, you could potentially help many others. Who knows? You may save that mother who wants very much to see her children grow up or a child just starting out their life journey.

Fact: 21 people will die each day waiting for an organ.

It is difficult to think about dying, let alone what will happen to your body after you pass on. If you struggle with the question, “Should I become an organ donor?” then here are some personal stories of those whose lives were changed forever, either by receiving a transplant or being a donor:

April is National Donate Life Month, and it’s a time when Americans are encouraged to consider becoming organ donors. In honor of the month and to recognize those who have either received a transplant or who were/are donors, PIH Health is flying the One Legacy** flag at both PIH Health Whittier Hospital and PIH Health Downey Hospital.

To learn more and/or to register as an organ and tissue donor, please visit the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services organ donor webpage.

*Statistics and personal story courtesy of

** OneLegacy is the non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donation in the seven-county greater Los Angeles area.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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