Once, annually, hospitals, organ procurement organizations and the transplant community host National Blue and Green Day during the month of April, which is National Donate Life Month. On this day, people are encouraged to wear blue and green, to raise awareness and support surrounding the importance of organ, tissue and eye donation. In addition, this is a time to celebrate those who have received a transplant, show support those who are still waiting, honoring donors and their families, remembering those that passed while waiting for transplant, and recognizing those that are registered donors. This year, Blue and Green Day was April 13, however, this is something that can and should be celebrated every day of the year. Below are just a few examples of what you can do to.
- Become a Donor
If you’re not already registered as an organ donor, it’s easy to become one. In fact, you can register now by clicking on the state in which you’re a resident – Kentucky, Ohio or Indiana. Every registration is a sign to those in need that they may get the life-changing organ they need. For those interested and in good health, it’s even possible to become a living kidney or liver donor.
- Make a Financial Donation to Support the Cause
Monetary donations are used to educate the community about the importance of donation, raise awareness surrounding the need for organ, tissue and cornea donors, and increase the number of donors in the Greater Cincinnati area. By making a donation, you’re giving LifeCenter the funds they need to support their mission.
- Educate Others
It’s important to spread the word about the importance of organ, tissue and cornea donation. You can visit our LifeCenter for a variety of resources to help you educate others, or simply share content regarding your support on your social media platforms.
- Stay Healthy
This may sound like a no-brainer, but this is the best long-term solution to putting an end to the organ donor crisis. You can do this by having your blood pressure checked regularly, consistently exercising, consume healthy foods (avoid foods that are high in salt, cholesterol and saturated fats), and visit your doctor yearly for a physical exam.
- Become a Volunteer
At LifeCenter, there’s a number of volunteer opportunities available, including helping out at events, speaking at local organizations, sharing information at health fairs, lending a hand at the office, and more. Apply to become a Donate Life Ambassador by filling out this application.
As you can see, there are many ways to celebrate National Blue and Green Day not just on April 13, but every day of the year! With nearly 115,000 people in need of a lifesaving transplant, it’s important to show your support for this life-saving cause.