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Supporting Organ & Tissue Donation in April


Organ and tissue donation saves and enhances the lives of thousands of Marylanders every year. Frederick Memorial Hospital is proud to support donation and participate in National Donate Life Month (NDLM) this April. NDLM is celebrated annually and features an entire month of local, regional, and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ and tissue donors. NDLM is also a time to celebrate those who have saved lives through the gift of donation. In 2015, our hospital cared for 23 generous organ and tissue donors. Please join us in honoring their legacy and supporting donation this April.

The Need for Organ and Tissue Donors

Every year, over a million lives are saved and enhanced by organ and tissue donors. However, there is still a great need for donors. In the United States, 22 people die every day after not receiving a transplant in time and another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list every ten minutes. As the demand for transplantable organs rises, so does the need for organ donors. There are two types of organ donors; deceased donors and living donors, and both play a vital role in healing someone in need.

The living organ donation process allows living individuals to donate whole kidneys or parts of the liver. This process can drastically cut down a person’s wait on the transplant list. Up to eight lives can be saved by one deceased donor through organ donation, and more than fifty lives can be enhanced through tissue donation. Donation is only considered after all life-saving efforts have been exhausted. Deceased donors can provide tissues, corneas, and organs such as the kidneys, pancreas, liver, lungs, heart, and intestines.

Who Receives a Transplant? And How?

There are currently more than 121,000 people in need of a lifesaving organ transplant in the U.S., with over 3,700 in need right here in Maryland. These patients receive a transplant based upon several factors including blood type, tissue type, medical urgency, waiting time, expected benefit, geography, and other medical criteria when a deceased donor is identified. Celebrity or financial status is not a factor in receiving a transplant. Federally designated organ procurement organizations (OPOs), like The Living Legacy Foundation (The LLF) here in Maryland, coordinate and facilitate organ and tissue donation. Many OPOs, like The LLF, include services like donor family support, professional education, and community outreach.

How You Can Help – Saving Lives in One Word

  • You can save and enhance lives through organ and tissue donation in one word: Yes. By saying “yes” to donation at the MVA or registering online at, you can give hope to the thousands waiting for a life-saving transplant.
  • Once you register as a donor, consider sharing your decisions with friends, family, and your community through the #In1Word campaign for Donate Life Month. Can you describe why you choose to be an organ and tissue donor in one word? Visit for your printable #In1Word sign or simply share your one word on social media using the hashtag #In1Word and encourage others to do the same.

Frederick Memorial Hospital is proud to partner with The Living Legacy Foundation and Donate Life Maryland in raising awareness for this important cause during Donate Life Month. We hope you will join us!

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