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National Donate Life Month

April is National Donate Life Month (NDLM). NDLM was created in 2003 by Donate Life America and its partnering organizations. The annual observance is dedicated to, raising awareness about organ, eye, and tissue donation, encouraging Americans to register as donors, and honoring those who have saved lives through donation.

Bee A Donor!


This year, Donate Life America, is celebrating NDLM with the campaign Bee A Donor! Donate Life America was inspired by how bees work together as a small, powerful force with a strong sense of community. Bees play an important role in sustaining life just as donors do. This year, to celebrate NDLM, register to become an organ, eye, and tissue donor, educate yourself and your community about living donation, and encourage others to become donors. Please visit Donate Life America, at, for all donation information and resources.

Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation Statistics

  • More than 100,000 people are waiting for lifesaving organ transplants.

  • Even the largest football stadium in the US could not fit the number of patients on the national transplant waiting list.

  • Every 9 minutes another person is added to the national transplant waiting list.

  • 6,000 people in the U.S died in 2020 while on the transplant waiting list.

  • 17 people die each day while waiting for an organ transplant.

  • 85% of patients waiting are in need of a kidney.

  • 1 out of 3 deceased donors is over the age of 50.

  • In 2021, nearly 20,400 donors brought new life to recipients and their families.

  • 880,000 transplants have taken place since 1988.


1. “April Is National Donate Life Month.” Donate Life America, Donate Life America, 4 Apr. 2022,

2. “Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation Statistics.” Donate Life America, Donate Life America, 25 Feb. 2022,

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