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Organ, tissue and eye donation gives life to those in need and inspires hope in those families whose loved ones have given the gift of life upon death. Donation can also be part of the spiritual journey for many of us. Whether we have been personally touched by waiting for or receiving a lifesaving organ transplant, donating the organs and tissues of a loved one or helping a friend through this difficult time, many of us have turned to our faiths for guidance and support. Midwest Transplant Network has a rich history of working closely with the religious community to share the positive aspects of organ, tissue and eye donation.
National Donor Sabbath: Share the Gift of Life Message with Your Faith Community
Recognizing that organ and tissue donation is a part of one's spiritual journey, we will join communities of faith throughout the nation in honoring those whose lives have been touched by organ and tissue donation by observing National Donor Sabbath in November.
More than 120,000 men, women and children currently await lifesaving organ transplants. Tens of thousands more benefit from life-enhancing tissue or cornea transplants each year. Many lives could be saved if more people agreed to be donors. As a single donor, you could possibly save or improve the quality of life for more than 50 others who suffer from organ failure, bone defects, burns or blindness.
Acts of justice, love and compassion define what it means to be a person of faith. Every human life is precious and is part of the human community that bestows and protects the life of its members. When life is understood to be a gift, we can give it to others through organ and tissue donation. Thus, we continue to exercise stewardship over the gift of our bodies by sharing at the time of our death those organs and tissues that can enhance the lives of others.
For more information about a religious group’s position, please view our Faith Leaders Resource Guide. Another helpful resource on understanding donation and transplantation is MTN's General Education Guide.
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An average of 18 people per day (or 6,570 per year) die due to a lack of available organs for transplant.