Participate in Donate Life Month and Help Make a Difference
Are you registered as an organ donor? It’s one of the easiest ways
that you can make a huge difference in someone else’s life. Frederick
Memorial Hospital invites you to
register today as part of Donate Life Month this April.
Thousands of Maryland residents are currently waiting for organ donations,
and the decision to become a donor could affect the lives of not just
the person receiving the donation, but also their loved ones. It’s
a decision that ensures that you leave behind a legacy of giving to those
in need. Thirty-one lives were saved at Frederick Memorial Hospital in
2016 due to the life-saving gift of organ donation.
Frederick Memorial Hospital is proud that every year thousands of Frederick
County residents make the decision to register as organ donors, and we
hope you’ll consider taking that step this April.
Donate Life Month
Every April, Maryland celebrates a national observance of Donate Life Month
(DLM). This month-long observance features local, regional, and national
activities and initiatives that include Donate Life flag raisings, information
tables, and donor memorial ceremonies. Join Frederick Memorial Hospital
at this year’s events, including:
- Flags Across America, an annual event where individuals are asked to raise
a Donate Life flag during the month of April to honor organ, eye, and
tissue donors. We’ll be raising our flag on April 6, 2017.
#In1Word, a campaign where you can show your support for organ and tissue
donation by posting a photo or text post on social media, explaining why
you’re passionate about this cause, using the hashtag #In1Word.
You can even write the reason for your support on a printable sign, which can be
downloaded here. Afterwards, display the sign somewhere visible, like a car window or
your work cubicle.
Be Seen in Green, held on Friday, April 21st to show your support for organ donation by wearing green. With nearly
3, 800 Marylanders currently waiting for a transplant, events like this
are crucial to raising awareness and making sure that people understand
how big of a difference they could make by registering. Make sure that
you share your support on social media using #BeSeenInGreen.
How to Register
Deciding to become a registered organ donor ensures that you leave a lasting
legacy as a person who cares about others and wants to make a difference
in someone else’s life.
Registering online is fast, easy to do, and completely secure. To register,
just go to
https://register.donatelifemaryland.org to fill out a simple form. Make sure you have your driver license and
ID # with you and you’ll be a certified hero in no time.
You can also register in person at the MVA when obtaining a new driver’s
license or state identification card or when you’re renewing your
license or ID. If you choose to register as a donor, you’ll be given
the option of having the heart symbol noted on your license or ID. A person
can check or change their registration status any time online or at the MVA.
The Living Legacy Foundation
Want to learn more? For years, the
Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland has been working to save lives through organ and tissue donation, inspire
Marylanders to help make a difference and register for organ donation,
and pay tribute to the legacy of organ donors who have given the gift
of life to those in need. The Foundation provides information to the public
on how to register as a donor, the facts about donation,
dispelling common myths about organ donation, and how volunteers and supporters can get involved.
“Our goal is to educate as many Marylanders as possible on the importance
of organ and tissue donation,” says Sarah Weaver, Hospital Services
Coordinator at the Living Legacy Foundation. “If we inspire someone
to register as an organ donor and help to save someone’s life, we’ve
done our job.”
Go to the Living Legacy Foundation’s
website to read personal stories about how receiving a transplant or being close
to someone who provided one has changed people’s lives for the better.
You can also learn more about upcoming events that you can get involved
in, or even register to become a donor.
Register as a Donor Today!
Making the decision to become a registered donor will not only make you
feel like a hero, it could change the lives of one individual and all
of their loved ones. Join us in celebrating Donate Life Month this April.
For more information on how you can make a difference, go to