April. 5, 2021 – Did you know that one organ and tissue donor can
save or enhance the lives of up to 75 people? More than 112,000 people
in the United States await the gift of life through organ donation, and
over 4,900 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.
“Thousands of people are alive or living better lives today, thanks
to an organ or tissue transplant,” says Jan Jones, R.N., BSN, director,
Patient Care Services, Southeast Georgia Health System. “Without
selfless organ donors, thousands of people – many who live among
us – will die. During this pandemic when so many of us feel powerless,
becoming a donor gives us the power to save lives.”
Residents can join Georgia’s organ and tissue donor registry in a
variety of ways:
- When obtaining/renewing a driver’s license or identification card
at a local driver’s license office.
- When obtaining a hunting, fishing or trapping license through the Department
of Natural Resources (DNR).
- 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
LifeLinkFoundation.org or call 800-544-6667 with questions about organ and tissue donation.