CLINTON — The month of April is National Donate Life Month across the United States. Hospitals across the nation, like Mercy Medical Center in Clinton, join to recognize the impact that organ and tissue donations make and to honor the generosity of families who have helped make donation a reality.
According to the Iowa Donor Network, 105 new names are added to the national organ waiting list every day. More than 120,000 Americans currently wait for a life-saving organ transplant; more than 550 of those individuals are Iowans. The Iowa Donor Network website reports that 19 people on the national waiting list die every day — or one person every 85 minutes — because there are not enough donated organs. In Iowa, more than one million Iowans have made the choice to donate life by registering on the Iowa Donor Registry. One person’s choice to be an organ and tissue donor can potentially benefit up to 100 people in need.
Working with more than 120 hospitals across the state of Iowa, the Iowa Donor Registry is a nonprofit agency that works in organ/tissue recovery and organ distribution and plays a leading role in public education, hospital development and family support services.
For more information about Donate Life Month or the Iowa Donor Network, log on to www.iowadonorregistry.org.