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Presidential Proclamation of April 2018 as National Donate Life Month

Americans celebrate the blessing of life in many ways, but perhaps none is more transformative than their choice to donate organs or tissue to family members, friends, or to people they may not ever meet.  During National Donate Life Month, we honor our Nation’s organ and tissue donors for their decision to give the precious gift of life to someone in need.  We also give thanks to the many remarkable medical professionals, scientists, and researchers who have dedicated themselves to improving the health of others.

My Administration supports efforts to raise awareness about the life-saving power of organ donation.  The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network reports that, in 2017, there were nearly 35,000 transplants performed, a 3.4 percent increase from 2016, and the fifth consecutive record-setting year for transplants in the United States.  Last year, more than 16,000 living and deceased individuals donated the gift of life to someone in need through an organ or tissue donation.

Every person, regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, or economic status, has the power and the potential to transform a life through organ and tissue donation.  Despite record setting years, we are still working to overcome a gap between the availability of organs and people in need of an organ donation.  Today, nearly 115,000 Americans are awaiting a lifesaving transplant, and a new name appears on the national transplant waiting list every 10 minutes.  Amazingly, 1 donor can save up to 8 lives through organ donation and enhance the lives of up to 50 people through tissue donation.  This month, I encourage all Americans to consider participating in the gift of life by becoming organ and tissue donors.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 2018 as National Donate Life Month.  I call upon health professionals, volunteers, educators, government agencies, faith-based and community groups, and private organizations to help raise awareness of the urgent need for organ and tissue donors throughout our Nation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.


Donate Life Texas in Search of New Executive Director


The Donate Life Texas (DLT) Executive Director (ED) is responsible for increasing the number of registered organ, eye and tissue donors in Texas, administering the registry and providing a unified voice for donor registration statewide. The Executive Director spearheads collaborative efforts, communications and outreach opportunities among numerous independent stakeholder organizations Individual state stakeholder organizations include: Southwest Transplant Alliance (Dallas, TX), LifeGift (Houston, TX) the Texas Organ Sharing Alliance (San Antonio, TX), several eye and tissue banks, and the Texas Department of Public Safety Driver License Division.


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience in management or administration required
  • Experience in donor registry, organ / tissue procurement or transplantation field highly desirable
  • Healthcare, nonprofit, community / public relations, communications, legislative affairs experience a plus
  • Excellent verbal, written, public speaking and interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate to a variety of individuals on all levels
  • Ability to work a fast-paced, demanding, primarily self-directed, flexible work schedule
  • Demonstrates strong attention to detail, organization, multi-tasking and time management skills as well as exceptional personal and ethical standards
  • Demonstrates high level of discernment in working with legal and statutory concepts
  • Ability to convey natural sense of empathy and compassion for those who have lost loved ones or who are facing life-threatening health conditions. A comfort level with medical / surgical concepts, death and dying is required.


  • Donate Life Texas (DLT) is the official organ, eye and tissue donor registry for the State of Texas. Registering with DLT is the only way to ensure that your decision to donate will be honored.
  • By registering, you can record your legal consent for organ, eye and tissue donation after death. Many feel that registering is a compassionate step because it lifts the burden of decision-making off of family and loved ones during an emotional time.
  • Donate Life Texas is part of the national Donate Life America registry network which is consulted by Texas organ, eye and tissue recovery organizations to confirm registration status when a person passes away.
  • The Donate Life Texas registry does not cover living organ donation, living bone marrow, blood or whole body donation. Find resources for those options here.


Simply put, donation makes lifesaving transplants possible. Donated organs and tissues save lives, restore vision and improve mobility in ways that synthetic materials and products just can’t. Until the long-term viability and biologic function of organs, corneas and other tissues can be duplicated in a lab, transplantation will continue to rely on donors.


For more information on applying for the Executive Director position please contact:

Jo Ann Arias, Southwest Transplant Alliance Director of Human Resources


Phone: 214.443.3318 About Donate Life Texas

Apply: STA Careers