In Utah, 739 people are on the waiting list for a life-saving organ. In an effort to raise awareness of organ donation and the constant need for organ donors, April is designated as National Donate Life Month.
National Donate Life Month is celebrated across the nation with numerous events and messages to encourage Americans to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, and to celebrate those who have saved lives through organ donation.
Dr. Richard Gilroy, medical director of hepatology and the Liver Transplantation Program at Intermountain Medical Center works with his team to help Utahns in need of a transplant get the life-saving procedure. But there is a constant need for more donors, including living donors.
This year's national theme is a quote from Maya Angelou, "Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud," because the presence of a rainbow provides optimism and motivates us to endure dark times. Similarly, organ, eye and tissue donation is the bridge of comfort and hope between one family's mourning and another's healing - turning tragedy into renewed life.
Maya Angelou's message applies to everyone, no matter their background or experiences. Everyone know rainbows - people that have helped carry others through life and its challenges. Through the gift of organ, eye and tissue donation, others have the opportunity to be rainbows in other people's clouds.
This April, Intermountain Medical Center joins the fight to encourage everyone to reflect on the lives of those touched by donation and transplantation, and to share its prismatic effect. By registering to be a donor or considering living donation, you can change one ray of light into a spectrum of healing and compassion.
Learn more about organ donation and register as an organ donor at YesUtah.org
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