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National Donate Life Month

April 1 @ 12:00 AM April 30 @ 11:59 PM

An entire month honoring those who saved lives through the gift of organ, eye, and tissue donation.

Each year during the month of April, Donate Life New York State (NYS) celebrates National Donate Life Month, raising awareness of the lifesaving impact of organ, eye, and tissue donors, and honoring those who have saved lives through the gift of donation. Throughout the month, we join donation advocates across the nation to remind the public that we all have the power to save lives by registering as organ, eye and tissue donors. We also focus efforts on raising critical funds to continue helping those in need of lifesaving transplants

2024 Donate Life Month Theme: Donors are SuperStars!

Did you know that April is one of the best times of the year to stargaze?  

This April, we invite you to look up to the night sky and the billions of stars that make up the universe. Stars remind us that even in the darkest night, there is light.

Your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor gives hope and light to the 100,000 people on the national transplant waiting list who are waiting for a second chance at life. That’s why donors are superstars.

This National Donate Life Month, join us in helping save and heal lives: register your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, learn more about living donation, and champion the Donate Life cause. 

Make Donate Life Month Stellar!



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April 3, 2024: Donate Life Living Donor Day

Donate Life Living Donor Day is a celebration during National Donate Life Month that honors living organ and tissue donors for saving and healing lives! In 2023, nearly 7,000 people made the decision to give one of their kidneys or a part of their liver to someone waiting for a second chance at life. Use hashtag #LivingDonorDay in your social media posts!

April 6 through April 12, 2024: Blue & Green Spirit Week

Each day of the week leading up to National Donate Life Blue & Green Day is dedicated to a special theme, and will include: recognizing donors, volunteers and healthcare heroes; giving hope to those waiting; and engaging the public in fun at-home activities.

April 6, 2024: Dress Up Your Pets

Get ready to unleash your furry friends’ style and show off their adorable blue and green flair for a good cause on Donate Life Dress Up Your Pets Day! Post pictures on our Facebook page or email to communications@dlnys.org.

April 7, 2024: Make Blue & Green Treats

Get creative in the kitchen and whip up delicious blue and green treats to celebrate April 7th’s ‘Make Blue & Green Treats’ day – a flavorful way to support a meaningful cause! Post pictures on our Facebook page or email to communications@dlnys.org.

April 8, 2024: Thank Your Healthcare Heroes

Visit our Facebook page and share a heartfelt message, expressing gratitude and appreciation for the unwavering dedication and tireless commitment of our healthcare heroes in keeping us safe and healthy.

April 9, 2024: Write a Message of Hope

Take a moment on this special day to visit our Facebook page and share a message of hope, spreading positivity and encouragement to uplift those in need of reassurance and support.

April 10, 2024: Donate Life Flag Raising Day

This simultaneous flag raising across the country provides an opportunity for all donation and transplantation partners to come together to honor deceased donors/donor families and living donors, and inspire others to register as a donor. Contact us at communications@dlnys.org to request a Donate Life flag for your business.

April 11, 2024: Create Donate Life Rocks

Get your paintbrushes ready to create Donate Life Rocks adorned in blue and green, then share your masterpieces in the Donate Life Rock Painting Group on Facebook, spreading awareness for organ, eye, and tissue donation through vibrant art.

April 12, 2024: Donate Life Blue and Green Day

On Donate Life Blue & Green Day the public is encouraged to wear blue and green and to engage in sharing the Donate Life message and promoting the importance of registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor.

April 12 through 18, 2024: Donate Life Blue and Green Day Photo Contest!

Visit our Blue & Green Day Photo Contest page for more information!

April 21 through April 27, 2024: National Pediatric Transplant Week

National Pediatric Transplant Week takes place the last full week of National Donate Life Month in April. It focuses on the powerful message of ending the pediatric transplant waiting list. Throughout Pediatric Transplant Week, clinical partners share patient stories (candidates and recipients); donor families whose children have saved and healed lives through organ, eye, and tissue donation are honored; and recipient families share their thanks and milestone celebrations.