April is Donate Life Month
Ninety percent of adults support organ donation, but only sixty percent have joined the organ and tissue donation registry, according to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services survey. Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center is trying to close the gap during Donate Life Month, a time to honor those who have made the generous gift of organ and tissue donation, celebrate those who have received transplants, and encourage Mainers to consider joining the registry.
About 100,000 people are currently waiting for an organ transplant in the U.S., and more than 6,800 of them live in New England.
Throughout the month of April, Eastern Maine Medical Center invites community members to learn about organ and tissue donation and register their decision to be a donor
Activities happening this month include:
Flag raising and celebration
Eastern Maine Medical Center celebrated Donate Life Month by raising a flag for those who have given the gift of hope and life. Watch a video of the flag raising on the Eastern Maine Medical Center Facebook page
Small blue and green flags are on display in the Medical Center lobby throughout the month, representing the more than 6,800 people in New England who are waiting for a transplant.
Blue and Green Day
The community is invited to wear blue and green, the Donate Life colors, on Friday, April 22 in support of organ and tissue donation. Show your commitment by taking a photo and posting it to the Eastern Maine Medical Center Facebook page
All month long
Registration tables with information about organ and tissue donation and instructions on how to join the donor registry have been set up in the hospital lobby and the Lafayette Family Cancer Institute. Staff will be on hand to answer questions from patients, visitors, volunteers, and employees several times during the month.
Anyone interested in organ and tissue donation is encouraged to view inspirational stories, facts about donation, and more on a special Donate Life Month website