April Is Donate Life Month
By Mary Miller Cullins
April is Donate Life Month and Aldermanic President Lewis Reed has been raising awareness throughout the St. Louis Community. Recently, the donation and transplantation community celebrated the achievement of 100 million registered organ, eye, and tissue donors. However, more must be done. As long as the need for donated organs surpasses the supply, people will continue to die awaiting a life saving transplant. Right now, over 1,300 St. Louisans are on the waiting list for a life-saving organ transplant, and almost one-third are African American. People who need an organ transplant are more likely to have success if the donor is someone from their own racial/ethnic group.
It seems as if wealth and social standing mean a lot in this world, but not when it comes to organ donations! People of all ages and health conditions may be able to donate. Don’t disqualify yourself, anyone may be able to save up to eight lives.
Unfortunately, many viable organ donors disqualify themselves from being eligible because they think they are too old or have medical issues that would make them unfit. Again, people of all ages and health conditions may be able to donate.
To learn more about organ donation and to get registered, please visit goo.gl/Z4iG3. On Friday, April 27, President Reed and Mid-America Transplant Services will be on hand at the Board of Aldermen from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. raising awareness and registering new donors!
Sign Up Friday, April 27th in Room 230, City Hall
8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
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