Give the Gift of Life – Be an Organ Donor

03/26/2020

Black River Memorial Hospital is among 80 Donate Life Wisconsin member and partner organizations that will raise the Donate Life Flag on Monday, April 6, at 10:08 a.m. The time signifies that one donor can save eight lives. A one minute, twelve second moment of silence reflects 112,000 patients are waiting for a life-saving transplant. 2,000 of these patients are right here in Wisconsin. This flag-raising is in honor of donors and their families as well as promoting the importance of organ, tissue, and eye donation.

Donate Life Wisconsin created the Pause to Give Life event in 2018, as a statewide observance. The event occurs annually on the first Monday morning of April, marking the start of National Donate Life Month. 

Wisconsin Organ, Tissue, and Eye Donation Facts:

  • Anyone age 15 and a half or older with a Wisconsin Drivers’ License or state ID can register as a donor, regardless of age, health, gender, or ethnic or racial background.
  • Nearly 3 million, or almost 60 percent of those eligible, have said “Yes” to register as an organ, tissue, and eye donor on Wisconsin’s Donor Registry.
  • There were nearly 180 living kidney and liver donors, more than 250 deceased organ donors, more than 1,100 tissue donors, and more than 1,500 eye donors in 2019.
  • More than 800 organs were transplanted, and more than 750 recipients received the gift of life and hope with an organ transplant.

BRMH will not have a public program this year. However, everyone is encouraged to register as an organ, tissue, and eye donor at DonateLifeWisconsin.org or a Wisconsin DMV Service Center.

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