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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: March 27, 2018 11:09 AM
From: Representative Tarah Toohil
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution Designating April 2018 as “Donate Life Month” in Pennsylvania
In the near future I will be introducing a resolution designating April 2018 as “Donate Life Month” in Pennsylvania. I am personally an organ donor and would like to acknowledge the generosity of donors and their families and the continuing need for organ and tissue donation by joining the rest of the nation in celebrating this month.

In fiscal year 2017, according to Donate Life America, more than 33,000 transplants brought life to patients; and more than 119,000 men, women and children are awaiting organ transplants. Another human being is added to the national organ transplant waiting list every ten minutes. Also, 4.6 million Pennsylvanians have said yes to organ and tissue donation by adding the donor designation on their driver’s license.

For example, a kidney from a living donor offers patients an alternative to years of dialysis and time spent on the national transplant waiting list; and a single tissue donor can help 75 people. Nearly 48,000 patients have their sight restored through corneal transplants each year. More than 134 million people, about 54 percent of the adult population in the United States, are registered donors.

According to the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS), in 2016, more than 30,000 transplants were performed annually for the first time in the United States, a milestone which is possible due only to the generosity of donors and their families. Also, as of May 2015, the national transplant allocation system developed by UNOS coordinated 500,000 organ transplants from deceased donors in the United States since UNOS’ inception in October 1987; and more than 250,000 of those recipients are still alive.

I hope you consider joining me in co-sponsoring this very important resolution.

Introduced as HR821