April. 1, 2019 – Did you know that one organ and tissue donor can
save or enhance the lives of up to 75 people? More than 113,000 people
in the United States await the gift of life through organ donation, and
over 5,200 of those people are our friends and neighbors in Georgia. April
is Donate Life Month, the month long celebration that commemorates those
who have received or continue to wait for lifesaving transplants as well
as the donors who save and heal lives. In participation of this national
effort to increase awareness, Southeast Georgia Health System encourages
all Georgians to join their state’s organ and tissue donor registry.
“Organ and tissue donation provides the gift of life to tens of thousands
of people each year through heart, kidney, lung, liver, pancreas, corneal
or intestine transplants,” says Jan Jones, director, Patient Care
Services. “Without the generosity of donors, the patients waiting
for those vital organs will die. But each of us have the power to save
Georgians can join the state’s organ and tissue donor registry in
a variety of ways:
- When obtaining/renewing a driver license or identification card at a local
driver license office.
- Call Donate Life Georgia directly at 1-866-57-SHARE (1-866-577-4273) and
request a registry card.
LifeLink of Georgia is a non-profit community service organization dedicated
to the recovery of organs and tissues for transplantation. Visit
www.LifeLinkFoundation.org or call 1-800-544-6667 with questions about organ and tissue donation.