Legacy of Hope celebrates National Donate Life Month, National Donate Life Blue & Green Day

During National Donate Life Month, celebrate life and honor the gift of organ, eye and tissue donation.
Written by: Ann Rayburn
Media contact: Savannah Koplon

NDLM 2023 FacebookAdEach April, Donate Life America leads National Donate Life Month, an observance focusing national attention on the need and importance of organ, eye and tissue donation. National Donate Life Month is about the importance of registering to be a donor, honoring deceased and living donors, and celebrating the lives they saved. It is the generosity of donors and donor families that makes saving lives through transplantation possible.

Donate LifeSM is the national brand for the cause of donation, uniting the hundreds of donation and transplantation organizations, the more than 100,000 patients waiting for transplant with nearly 1,300 waiting in Alabama, the life and legacy of the more than 1 million recipients in the United States and their families, the donor families who say yes in their time of grief, and the more than 170 million people who have registered their decision to be a donor and help others at the end of their life.  

“This April, we want to remind everyone that they can help save a life,” said Chris Meeks, executive director of Legacy of Hope. “Registering your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor takes less than a minute and gives hope to those waiting. The decision to register as a donor is the beginning of a story that may bring life and healing to more than 75 people, their families and their communities.”

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According to Legacy of Hope, in Alabama in 2022 another record-breaking year of saving lives occurred thanks to the generosity of donor families:

  • 292 organ donors, a 77 percent increase from 2018-2022
  • 714 organs transplanted, a 52 percent increase from 2018-2022
  • 553 tissue donors, an 18 percent increase from 2018-2022

National Donate Life Blue & Green Day, April 14

April 14 is Donate Life Blue & Green Day, and the public is invited to don blue and green colors in support of the Donate Life message and mission.

Several locations across Alabama will be blue and/or green on around April 14, including: 

  • Court Square Fountain, Montgomery
  • RSA Tower, Montgomery
  • Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel
  • Regions Park, Birmingham
  • Boll Weevil Monument, Enterprise
  • Children’s of Alabama, Birmingham
  • The Kirklin Clinic at UAB Hospital Fountain

Register today to become an organ, eye and tissue donor by visiting www.legacyofhope.org.

How to participate in National Donate Life Month 2023

Give hope and help save lives by registering to be an organ, eye and tissue donor at Legacy of Hope.org, in the Medical ID tab of the iPhone Health app, or by saying “yes” when getting a driver’s license. To those who have already registered their donation decision, thank you. Continue helping to save lives by sharing the Donate Life message, as well as educating others about the need and how their generosity can help save and heal lives.