National Donate Life Month
National Donate Life Month Chapa-De Indian Health Auburn Grass Valley
What is National Donate Life Month and how can we all help?
National Donate Life Month was created in the early 2000’s to help give life and hope to those in need of a transplant, a vital organ or tissue needed to survive.
The types of transplants needed are:
- Organs – this includes the heart, lungs, intestines, pancreas, kidney & liver. Kidneys are the most needed organ transplant in U.S.
- Tissue – this includes muscle tissue, bone tissue & connective tissue.
- Eye – this is the transplant of a person’s cornea, giving site back to those that are blind.
How do donations work?
There are two types of donations – Living and Deceased:
- Living Donations are made by people who are still alive, usually by a family member or friend who knows the person in need. The most common living donation made is a kidney transplant since people only need one kidney to survive.
- Deceased Donations are made by people who have recently passed away and previously registered to become a deceased donor. This means that once they pass away, their organs can be taken and given to someone who is still alive and on the long list of people waiting for a certain organ or tissue donation.
There are tens of thousands of people in our country that are awaiting a transplant. The waiting list for a transplant can be many years and many people end up passing away before they ever receive a donation. The numbers are staggering. About 22 people a day die because of this.
Read more statistics HERE.
For Chapa-De patients and the Chapa-De community, we want to inform you on how you can help during National Donate Life Month, but also convey how important it is in staying fit and eating right, keeping your organs healthy.
How can you help?
- If you are interested in becoming a living donor and know someone that is need of a transplant, consult your local Chapa-De physician today and learn more about the options, if you’re fit enough, the risks and recovery involved in transplant surgery.
- Register to become a deceased donor HERE and give hope to someone in need after you die. Your Chapa-De physician can also help you in registering to become a deceased donor.
- Simply spread the word about becoming a donor.
How can you prevent potentially needing transplant surgery in the future?
- Eat a healthy diet every day, staying away from red meats (like steak and beef) and processed foods (like candy bars and fast food), as these can lead to heart problems.
- Monitor your alcohol consumption because too much drinking can lead to liver problems.
- Don’t smoke. Smoking leads to lung cancer and lung disease and could put you at risk for needing a transplant.
To learn more about National Donate Life Month, how to donate and how to stay healthy, visit Chapa-De.org or call (530) 887-2800 for Auburn or (530) 477-8545 for Grass Valley.
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