President Obama Supports Organ Donation and National Donate Life Month
April 1st, 2015 by Nancy Ryan
Mr. Obama said in his proclamation: “In the face of uncertainty and suffering, Americans have always joined together, drawing strength and comfort from our commitment to one another.”
President Obama has issued a proclamation to show his administration’s support of organ donation, and which coincides with the start of National Donate Life Month today.
In the proclamation, Mr. Obama says: “The decision to become a donor can save up to eight lives and enhance many more — men, women, and children who depend on the generosity and sacrifice of others to receive the vital care they require. I encourage individuals of all ages and backgrounds to consider this unique opportunity to help those in need and to discuss this choice with friends and family.”
Among the notable points made by the president in the proclamation are:
- More than 123,000 Americans are in need of a life-saving organ transplant.
- The United States continues to face a critical shortage of donors, and every day, 21 people die waiting for an organ.
- American should join their state’s donor registry. (In New York State, the registry can be reached online. Anyone seeking to find their state’s registry may visit www.OrganDonor.gov.)
Mr. Obama also stated: “In the face of uncertainty and suffering, Americans have always joined together, drawing strength and comfort from our commitment to one another; we find hope through faith and our enduring belief that we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.”
“During National Donate Life Month, let us stand with all those who know the pain of an uncertain tomorrow and redouble our efforts to save and improve the lives of Americans across our country.”
In conclusion, Mr. Obama said, “I call upon health care professionals, volunteers, educators, government agencies, faith-based and community groups, and private organizations to join forces to boost the number of organ, eye, and tissue donors throughout our Nation.”