April is National Donate Life Month
UNOS' mission to unite and strengthen the donation and transplant community to save lives is unchanged by COVID-19. And without leaving home, you can make a difference, get involved, raise awareness, and help save lives by joining our campaign throughout April.
UNOS is here for everyone in organ failure, for transplant patients and their loved ones. The transplant system continues to operate and we are supporting the transplant professionals across the US who are still transporting and transplanting organs. Let's get the word out.
We won’t stop our lifesaving work of matching organs to recipients 24 hours a day, every day. And you can help and have an impact during Donate Life Month.
Pictured above: A double-lung transplant enabled Brendan Morrison to resume his active life. Watch videos.
Share on social media and tag UNOS:
Share your transplant story.
Share why you’re an organ donor and encourage others to be organ donors.
Share why you support UNOS. If you share your story with us and why you support UNOS, we will feature you in our Philanthropy Newsletter!
Share your practices. If you're an organ recipient, or otherwise immunocompromised, what are you doing to stay healthy and sane? Your practices could help someone else and we are happy to spread the word on healthy habits!
Images to share: click, drag, and drop into your status update
The Cullen family, living donor and living donor recipient
Joseph Hillenburg, father of pediatric transplant recipient
Margo Gill, MD, donor mother
Gianna Paniagua, heart recipient
Angel Thompson, living kidney donor
Brendan Morrison, double lung recipient
Your well-being—and the nation’s—is our top priority.
Stay safe and healthy:
- Follow the guidance of the CDC and public health recommendations for social distancing. Stay home as much as possible and put distance between you and other people if you must be out.
- Do not travel to areas with high amounts of the circulating virus.
- You should try to avoid crowds, especially if you live in an area where COVID-19 is being seen. The level of risk varies by country and area, and it is changing quickly.
Check in on your immunosuppressed and immunocompromised loved ones and lend a helping hand:
- Do you know someone who is immunosuppressed? Offer to get them groceries or run their errands while you are out. You can drop what they need off at their front door for them.
- Set up a weekly or daily check-in, to see if your loved ones need help.
- Learn how COVID-19 is affecting your immunosuppressed and immunocompromised loved ones. The American Society of Transplantation has developed a transplant community FAQ resource that provides detailed information.
- UNOS is keeping you up to date with information you need to know regarding COVID-19.
- Become a UNOS Ambassador, a community volunteer and advocate who raises awareness and educates the public about organ donation and transplantation, organ matching and how UNOS runs the nation’s transplant system
- Sign up for our eNewsletter to get up-to-date news and information. Email Molly.Everett@unos.org.
Get others involved:
Create a giving page: Connect your friends and family to your passion for organ transplant and donation. Ask them to support your giving page and make a big impact! Every person who creates a giving page for April will be entered into a drawing to win UNOS swag.
Register to become an organ donor and encourage your friends and family to sign up too.