OUR VIEW: Today is National Donor Day


Observing National Donor Day and Valentine’s Day on Tuesday is probably no accident. How much love can one give to another when the gift is blood, a kidney, eyesight or, appropriately, a heart?

The observance was originally designated in 1998 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Saturn Corporation and its United Auto Workers to raise awareness for organ, eye, tissue, marrow, platelet and blood donation, according to donoralliance.com.

Today, nearly 120,000 patients are on the waiting list to receive a lifesaving organ transplant, and countless others are in need of cornea, tissue, bone marrow, blood and platelet donation.

Some states encourage individuals to use National Donor Day to discuss organ, eye and tissue donation with their families, according to donoralliance.com.

When you register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, it means you have made a moral commitment to donate your organs, eyes and tissues at the time of your death. It is important to discuss your wishes with your family because your decision to be a donor takes priority over your family’s preferences. Continue reading