Did you know a single organ donor can save up to eight lives?
Join Tucson Medical Center throughout April in recognizing National Donate Life month, part of an ongoing effort to build awareness about organ donation and its power to heal and save lives.
Last year at TMC, organ donors saved 18 lives and improved the quality of life for many others.
To mark the month, TMC invites the community to a ceremony at noon on April 28, in which the Donate Life flag will be raised, serving as a beacon of hope at the main entrance off of Grant Road.
TMC also in the coming year will be honoring organ donation by dedicating a patio to the lifesaving work done here and across the state. The Garden of Life will be TMC’s 36th patio, as part of a longstanding tradition of seeing the outdoors as a place of healing.
“We’re so pleased to be able to pay tribute to the advocacy around organ donation, as well as the generosity of those who have extended the gift of life to others in need,” said Joby Jacob, a nurse and the professional development specialist in critical care services at TMC.
TMC also is participating in the #HealthCare4HopeAZ donor registry challenge. Show your support for the more than 2,300 people in Arizona alone who are still waiting for a transplant.
“Despite the growing awareness about organ donation, the need is still great: Each year, thousands of people die while waiting for this life-saving gift,” said Chelsea Scheeler, the donor program development coordinator for Donor Network of Arizona.
There is cause for hope, Scheeler noted: Last year, 614 lives were saved in Arizona thanks to 225 generous donors. And one donor can make a huge difference, since one tissue donor can heal up to 50 lives and one ocular donor can give the gift of sight to two people.
TMC is proud to participate in the Healthcare for Hope campaign, Jacob said. Those who want to register to be an organ/tissue donor are asked to sign up at https://register.donatelifeaz.org/register/ref/TMC