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PA Donor Day Celebrates Life-Saving Gift of Organ Donation

January 08, 2021

Across Pennsylvania, nearly 7,000 residents remain on the state’s transplant list, waiting for the life-saving call that an organ has been located for them. In the U.S., more than 100,000 patients are waiting for that same call, as the need for more organ and tissue donors remains a critical public health priority.

On the second annual PA Donor Day, HAP encourages residents across the commonwealth to register as organ and tissue donors through Donate Life Pennsylvania. Across the state, there are 9 million residents who are eligible to register.

Celebrated January 8—or 1/8—PA Donor Day reminds 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. Donate Life Pennsylvania highlights the various ways a single organ donor can help others, including:

  • Freeing two people from dialysis treatments
  • Saving the lives of patients awaiting heart, liver, lung or pancreas transplants
  • Giving sight to two people
  • Repairing injured joints or helping save an arm or leg threatened by cancer or other illness
  • 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 2021 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, 2021, in conjunction with National Donate Life Month.

Last year, organ donors made 39,000 life-saving transplants possible. The Gift of Life announced this week that it led the U.S. in organ donation for the 13th consecutive year, coordinating life-saving gifts from 619 donors, resulting in 1,621 organs transplanted in 2020. In addition, CORE also had a record-breaking year, coordinating 792 life-saving organ transplants in 2020–an increase of nearly 20 percent from 2019.

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.