National Donate Life Month reminding people to be organ donors

April is National Donate Life Month, and Memorial Hospital is reminding Michiana residents of the critical need for organ donors.

Staff and volunteers with the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization visited Memorial Wednesday to celebrate the courage and generosity of those who have saved lives by becoming donors, and to encourage others to follow in their footsteps.

Nearly 118,000 people across the U.S. are currently waiting for a transplant, including more than 1,400 Hoosiers.

But sadly 18 people will die each day due to the lack of available organs. Memorial is doing its part, however, to keep that number as low as possible.

“Memorial Hospital had the second highest number of organ donors of all the hospitals in Indiana this last year,” said Marti Cooper the Community Relations Coordinator, IOPO. “That means that there are literally hundreds of families that are making memories and celebrating life together, and also there are families that have that comfort of knowing that their loved one was able to pass on a living legacy to others and will be honored in the future.”

If you'd like to register as a donor in Indiana, you can do so at the BMV when obtaining or renewing your driver's license. You can also submit a written registration form, or sign up online.

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