Donate Life Month
April 2013 | Give the gift of life

April is designated National Donate Life Month. All month-long we are celebrating those who have received or continue to wait for life-saving transplants, as well as raising awareness about the importance of becoming a donor.

Sharing LifeBloodCenter of Wisconsin is encouraging people to Donate Life by registering to become an organ, tissue and eye donor with a donor dot and signature on their driver’s license or joining the online registry.

For more information and to join a registry, visit People are also encouraged to share their wishes with their family members.

As always, we also encourage you to join the Be The Match Marrow Donor Registry, as well as give the unique gift of blood donation.

Frequently Asked QuestionsWhy should I register to be a donor? You can make a meaningful difference in the lives of others through the generous gift of organ, tissue and eye donation. Transplants offer patients a new chance at happy, productive, and normal lives and return them to their families, friends and communities.

BloodCenter works in collaboration with its partners in the community, such as hospitals, drive sponsors and government officials to promote the importance of donation during Donate Life Month.

BloodCenter hopes to engage the community to make a positive impact in the number of organ/tissue/eye registrants in April.

Who can be a donor? People of all ages and medical histories should consider themselves potential donors. Your medical condition at the time of death will determine what organs and tissue can be donated.

What does it mean to register? Having your name included in the Wisconsin donor registry means that you have authorized the gift of your organs, tissues and eyes upon your death.

Registering indicates legal consent for donation. Your gift will be used to save and improve the lives of others.

Does my religion support donation? Every major religion in the United States supports organ, tissue and eye donation as one of the highest expressions of compassion and generosity.

Is there a cost to be an organ, eye and tissue donor? There is no cost to the donor’s family or estate for donation. The donor family pays only for medical expenses before death and costs associated with funeral expenses.

Does my social and/or financial status play any part in whether or not I will receive a transplant if I ever need one? No. When you are on the transplant waiting list for an organ donor, what really counts is the severity of your illness, body size, tissue type, blood type and other important medical information.

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