Did you know that one organ or tissue donor can save or enhance the lives
of up to 75 people? More than 112,000 citizens in the United States await
the gift of life through organ donation, and over 3,800 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 patiently for lifesaving transplants as well as acknowledging
the donors who save and heal lives. The Donate Life Georgia organization
is dedicated to saving and enhancing lives by creating an easy process
for registering organ, eye and tissue donors. In participation of this
national effort to increase awareness,
Southeast Georgia Health System encourages all Georgians to join their state’s organ and tissue
“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, 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 state organ and tissue donor registry
in a variety of ways:
- While obtaining/renewing a driver’s license or identification card
at a local driver’s license office.
- While obtaining a hunting, fishing or trapping license through the Department
of Natural Resources (DNR).
- By calling 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.