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Celebrate National Donate Life month this April by paying it forward

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CASPER, Wyo. – April is National Donate Life Month, a time to recognize and appreciate the generosity of organ, eye and tissue donors and their families as well as commemorate all transplant recipients in the United States. You can help honor those who have donated by performing an act of kindness this April.

Nearly 150 Wyomingites, including children and infants, are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant, and thousands more wait for healing tissue transplants. Nationwide there are nearly 115,000 people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant, enough to fill the Cowboys War Memorial Stadium almost 4 times.

Wyomingites consistently have some of the highest donor designation rates in the country and right now 63% of Wyoming adults have signed up as donors, placing Wyoming in the top five in the nation. However, there is still a waiting list for transplants, and all Wyomingites are encouraged to consider signing up.

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Anyone, regardless of age or medical condition, can sign up as a donor. All that is required is saying yes to organ, eye and tissue donation at the Driver Services office or online, earning the heart on your driver’s license. Once you’ve signed up and discussed donation with your family, you can learn how to show your support this April at DonateLifeWyoming.org/ShowYourHeart.

Read Pat’s story here about the lifesaving gifts her daughter, Kathleen, donated when she passed away. Pat’s years of advocacy and acts of kindness were inspired by Kathleen’s gifts of life and have spanned Wyoming and many other communities.

Organ, eye and tissue donation is the ultimate act of kindness, and if you share your act of kindness on Facebook with your friends and followers you can receive a free coffee.

To Participate:
1. Perform an act of kindness.
2. Share your act of kindness on Facebook and TAG @DonateLifeWyoming with #ShowYourHeart to get a free coffee.*
3. Pass it on by encouraging another’s act of kindness in support of organ, eye and tissue donation.

*Go to DonateLifeWyoming.org/ShowYourHeart for full offer details.

Visit the Donor Alliance Facts and Statistics page for more information on organ donation and transplantation

National Donate Life Month