An average of 22 people die each day while awaiting an organ transplant. But organ donation can be life-saving for those who do receive one.
National Donate Life Blue and Green Day is an initiative that promotes organ donation. As part of Blue and Green Day, CHI St. Alexius Health in Williston had a booth where people could register as organ donors. Anyone who was wearing blue or green could also drop in for a free cupcake.
“From a donor standpoint, it really doesn’t matter what it says on you’re driver’s license. It really doesn’t matter what type of enrollment you have done in the past to be an organ donor. It’s critical that you talk to your loved ones about it,” says Marvin Smoot, vice president of provider operations at CHI St. Alexius Health in Williston. “Because they are the ones that are going to ultimately make the decision about whether your organs and/or tissue will be donated. So having that conversation with your loved ones before something ever happens is critical if you truly want to be a donor.”
If you’re interested in becoming an organ donor, you can register online with the National Donate Life registry.