Wisconsin Organ / Tissue Donor Program
Calendar of Events / Observances
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January: Rose Bowl Parade
Beginning in 2004, the National Coalition on Donation is invited to
participate in the Rose Bowl Parade by building a float that celebrates
organ and tissue donation.
January: National Volunteer Blood Donor Month
A time to highlight the importance of giving life through the donation of
blood and to honor past and present donors and encourage new ones. The
theme, Give Blood ...The Gift of Life, is as constant, as the need for
February 14: National Donor Day
The National Donor Day is focused on five points of life: organs, tissues, marrow, platelets, and
blood. Many nonprofit health organizations sponsor blood and marrow drives
and organ/tissue donor card signings across the Nation.
March: Eye Donor Month
A time to honor and celebrate those who have become corneal donors and to
urge all citizens to consider giving the gift of sight.
April: Donate Life Month
A time to build awareness of the ever present and growing need for organ,
tissue, blood, and bone marrow donors.
August 1: National Minority Donor Awareness Day
This awareness campaign focuses on obstacles related to minorities and
donation, promotes healthy living and disease prevention to decrease the
need for transplantation, and reaches out to all ethnic groups. Observances
have included prayer breakfasts, health walks, and donor drives. Sponsored
by the National Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education
Program. (exit DHS)
November: National Marrow Awareness Month
A special nationwide effort to recruit volunteer marrow, blood stem cell,
and umbilical cord blood donors and to increase patient awareness of the
option of unrelated transplantation. Marrow
Donation. (exit DHS)
November, Two Weekends Before Thanksgiving: National Donor Sabbath
Faith communities across the country focus on the critical need for
organs, tissues, marrow, and blood, and their life-enhancing capabilities.
Faith leaders participate in discussions of donation with their congregants,
and faith communities sponsor donation awareness activities during this
3-day celebration of life.
Alternating odd-numbered years: National Donor Recognition Ceremony
Donors and their families from across the country are honored in the
Nation's Capital by the Federal government and the transplant community for
giving the Gift of Life. It includes Saturday workshops and a donor recognition
ceremony on Sunday.
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