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Get Ready for PA Donor Day

December 30, 2021

Ahead of PA Donor Day, HAP and Pennsylvania’s hospital community encourage residents across the commonwealth to register as organ and tissue donors through Donate Life Pennsylvania.

In Pennsylvania, more than 7,000 people are waiting for life-saving transplants. PA Donor Day is celebrated January 8—or 1/8—to remind everyone that one donor can save up to eight lives, and another 75 people can benefit from tissue and cornea donation from a single donor.

This year, the goal is to get five million Pennsylvanians registered as donors. Donate Life highlights the ways one donor can make a difference by:

  • Saving up to eight lives and improve quality of life for 75 people
  • Freeing two people from dialysis treatments
  • Providing life-saving transplants for people needing a heart, liver, lung, or pancreas
  • Giving sight to two people
  • Repairing injured joints and save an arm or leg threatened by a cancer diagnosis
  • Helping burn victims heal more quickly

HAP supports organ and tissue donation and has partnered with the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) and the Gift of Life Donor Program—along with the Pennsylvania Department of Health—to host HAP’s 2022 Donate Life Pennsylvania Hospital Challenge.

The challenge encourages Pennsylvania hospitals to increase organ donation awareness and designations within their hospitals and communities. This year’s challenge is April 1–30, 2022, in conjunction with National Donate Life Month.

To learn more about PA Donor Day and the HAP Donate Life Pennsylvania Hospital Challenge, contact Mary Marshall, HAP’s director, workforce and professional services.



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