Donor Sabbath promotes organ donation

The Clarion | Brighid Monahan

Brighid Monahan / Clarion The family of Emily Lyons who donated seven organs to people throughout the midwest after a snowmobile accident in 2014.

Started by the Department of Health and Human Services in 1997 as a part of the United States donation campaign, Donor Sabbath spans three days each year, where different religions throughout the U.S. come together to remember and memorialize people who have donated their organs to help others.

This year Donor Sabbath took place Nov. 13-15.

Not only is this a faith event, but an educational one. Transplant donor families, transplant recipients, and faith leaders were encouraged to spread the word about organ donation and educate the public on how to become an organ donor.

Currently over 120,000 people are on the organ transplant waiting list and not all of them will receive the organs they need to survive. Even though there are 120 million registered donors not everyone is a match, which is why there is such a need for more people to sign up to be organ donors. Continue reading