April is Donate Life Month

April 16, 2019

The WHA Information Center (WHAIC) reported 1,226 kidney transplants and 173 heart transplants were performed over the past three years in Wisconsin hospitals. The map provides the rate of visits per 1,000 population of the counties within this timeframe for transplants performed.

National Donate Life Month was instituted by Donate Life America and its partnering organizations in 2003. It features an entire month of local, regional and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors, and to celebrate those who have saved lives through the gift of donation.

According to UNOS, as of April 7, 2019, there were 113,722 people waiting for lifesaving organ transplants in the U.S. Of these, 94,963 await kidney transplants and 3,799 await heart transplants.

Think about registering to be an organ donor: one donor could save up to eight lives.

This story originally appeared in the April 16, 2019 edition of WHA Newsletter