April is National Donate Life Month!

The big day has arrived!  National Donate Life Month is upon us!

On the national level, there is of course lots of great activity already in motion. I’d encourage you to check out the recently launched 2009 National Donation Campus Challenge, spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration. The effort will work to engage as many colleges as possible through the fall in registration outreach to students.

In addition, Donate Life America has started a Flags Across America initiative where hospitals nationwide will be flying Donate Life flags each time a donation occurs to honor those that have given the gift of life.

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As previously posted, Donate Life Illinois has created this “I Heart Organ Donors” video to encourage anyone and everyone that is supportive of the issue to post a video response or comment. We also started up this Facebook group to help call attention to the issue during April (join the group and stay tuned for more info on our planned Donate Life Facebook profile photo/status update day on April 17!) .

Secretary of State Jesse White is also unveiling his annual TV/radio commerical today at a press conference at University of Illinois at Chicago. We hope to have a recap on that and share the commercial soon.

Last, we wanted to share a very important National Donate Life Month message from Dave Bosch, director of communications at Gift of Hope. If you want to find out how you can help in any capacity, drop us a comment, we’ve got plenty of opportunities to spread the word!

Here’s to another busy, busy month promoting organ donation!

-Scott

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