14th February is Valentine’s Day, and it’s the perfect day to show, express or confess your love. But did you know what else is on 14th February? It is also National Donor Day. On this day, you can show you care for others by being a donor. You can pledge to donate your eyes, organs, blood, tissues, platelet and bone marrow. You can also pledge more than one donation and help other human beings live a healthy and long life.
Why is National Donor Day Celebrated?
National Donor Day is celebrated to make people more aware of the importance of donations. It is also celebrated to honor those who have already pledged to donate and those who have already donated to change a life or more than one lives for better. It also highlights the stories of people who are in need of a life-saving donation and those who lost their lives or health due to the lack of a donation.
Interesting Data Regarding National Donor Day
- More than 39,000 life-saving transplants were performed in 2019.
- 22 people die every day because they don’t get the right organ in time.
- Around 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed in the US every day.
- About 10,000 units of plasma and 7,000 units of platelets are needed daily in the US.
- Approximately 21 million blood components are transfused every year in the US.
- 95% of US adults support organ donation, but only 58% have signed up for it!
- There were over 133, 000 total tissue recoveries from over 68,000 donors in 2018, according to US eye banks’ report.
- 70% of patients who need a marrow transplant don’t find a matching donor in the family.
- Bone marrow transplants can save a life from battling lymphoma, leukemia or another blood cancer.
- After donation, the bone marrow replaced itself in less than six weeks.
- One organ donor can save eight lives and help 75 individuals in addition to that.
How to Honor the National Donor Day?
You can honor the National Donor Day by signing up as a donor online. Always tell your loved ones about your decision. If you are younger than 18, you will need the permission of a parent or a guardian to become a donor.
The team of Laura M. Wilson & Associates Inc urges you to become a donor on National Donor Day. You can save a life, why not do it?