Initiative partners with faith leaders to educate about the critical need for donors
RICHMOND, November 11, 2016—National Donor Sabbath is observed annually, two weekends before Thanksgiving, from Friday through Sunday—in 2016, National Donor Sabbath is November 11-13. This three-day observance seeks to include the days of worship for major religions practiced in the United States. During National Donor Sabbath, faith leaders from many religions, with donor families, transplant recipients, and donation and transplantation professionals, participate in services and programs to educate the public about the need for donation and the importance of registering one’s decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor.
All major religions in the U.S. support donation and believe it to be the ultimate act of love and generosity. For many people, faith plays an important role in the decision to register as a donor or consider living donation. With almost 120,000 men, women and children on the national transplant waiting list, registering to be a donor can provide hope to those desperately waiting for the gift of life.
Alison Mohn lost her son Ryan in a car crash. She has shared that, “so much good has come out of this tragedy. I believe that God works for all things good, and I see it. Just knowing that Ryan lives on through other people is comforting.” Ryan was able to save and heal the lives of more than 50 people through organ and tissue donation. Alison tells her story in her church and community, sharing the lifesaving benefits of donation and the pride that she has knowing that her son’s legacy is one of selflessness.
Samuel Shareef, a donor father, is rooted in the Islamic Faith. Samuel recognizes and believes that some things – like the opportunity to save a life – transcend religious dogma and rituals. Samuel’s words: “We chose and choose to Donate Life … not because it was the Muslim, Christian or Jewish thing to do. We choose to be an organ donation family because we believe it is the Human thing to do.”
To register as a donor, please visit RegsiterMe.org. For more information about National Donor Sabbath, please visit www.donatelife.net/nds
About Donate Life America
Donate Life America is a 501(c)3 nonprofit alliance of national organizations and Donate Life State Teams across the United States committed to increasing the number of donated organs, eyes and tissue available for transplant to save and heal lives. Donate Life America manages and promotes the national brand for donation, Donate Life℠; develops and executes effective multi-media donor education programs; motivates the American public to register now as organ, eye and tissue donors; maintains the National Donate Life Registry, RegisterMe.org; and assists Donate Life State Teams and national partners in facilitating high-performing donor registration programs.
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