Donate Life Maryland Celebrates Inaugural Donor Designation Day
October 6, 2015 is Donor Designation Day, celebrated in Baltimore and other cities nationally including Washington, D.C., and New York City. Research has shown that 95% of people support organ and tissue donation – yet only 56% are registered as donors in Maryland. Donor Designation Day is a day to ensure that EVERY person in the state of Maryland who wishes to save lives through the generous act of organ and tissue donation is designated in the Maryland State Registry.
It is a day to ensure that every person in the state of Maryland who wishes to save lives through the generous act of organ and tissue donation is designated in the Maryland State Registry. This action only takes a few minutes and can make years of difference for another life down the road.
More than 122,000 Americans are currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. More than 3,635 are on the wait list in Maryland, with kidney being the most needed. To register as an organ, eye and tissue donor go to www.DonateLifeMaryland.org/register.
Donate Life Maryland (DLMD) is dedicated to saving and healing lives by registering organ, eye and tissue donors throughout the state of Maryland. Donate Life Maryland maintains and manages the official Maryland Donor Registry through a partnership with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration and with oversight by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH).
A nonprofit organization, dedicated to changing the culture of donation in the State of Maryland, Donate Life Maryland encourages a statewide call to action for residents to be designated donors, facilitates donor designations and upholds an individual’s legal commitment to be a donor.
In addition, Donate Life Maryland works with similar organizations throughout the country in a collaborative effort to improve donor designation rates nationwide. This national collaborative effort is lead by Donate Life America. Donate Life Maryland has a reciprocal relationship with its founding organizations, The Medical Eye Bank of Maryland, Washington Regional Transplant Community and The Living Legacy Foundation, to provide comprehensive public education and outreach.