LifeGift, the local organ and tissue recovery agency which helps people who need transplants, is celebrating April as National Donate Life Month. The month-long celebration honors the generosity of organ, eye, and tissue donors and their families and commemorates all transplant recipients in the U.S., including Katy. Activities in April will focus on encouraging Texans to join the Donate Life Texas Registry as official organ, eye, and tissue donors.
While the Donate Life Texas Registry has gained momentum since its establishment in 2006 with more than 2 million registered donors, the need for organ, eye, and tissue transplants is steadily increasing. In Texas, more than 11,000 people are waiting in quiet desperation for a second chance.
“We need to continue spreading the word that donation changes lives every day,” says Sam Holtzman, president and CEO of LifeGift. “These lives are changing, because someone made that important step to register as an organ, eye, and tissue donor. Everyone has the power to donate life and represents hope for the thousands in need of lifesaving and life-enhancing transplants.”
In Texas, residents can join the registry in three ways:
1. Electronically via the Donate Life Texas website at donatelifetexas.org.
2. At any local Department of Public Safety (DPS) office throughout the state when renewing or obtaining a driver’s license or ID. This also can be done through the DPS website.
3. At any local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) branch when renewing automobile registration.