Donor Network of Arizona is the federally designated organ recovery organization for the state. It recovers organs, eyes and tissues for life-saving and life-healing transplant. April is Donate Life Month and is the organization’s busiest time of year.
Donate Life Day takes place at the Capitol on the House of Representatives Lawn 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 11. Donor Network of Arizona, along with Arizona donor families and transplant recipients, will be front and center at the House of Representatives Lawn to answer questions and help spread the word about the importance of organ donation.
The Garden of Life at Donate Life Day will feature the names of more than 100 Arizonans touched by donation. Additionally, more than 20 Arizona donor quilts will hang in memory of Arizonans who have given the gift of life. Each square on the quilt was made by friends and families of donors as a way to honor their loved ones.
During National Donate Life Month, Donor Network of Arizona hosts Health Care for Hope, a registry challenge for which more than 50 Arizona hospitals are registered. Last year's challenge saw the registration of more than 5,900 potential organ, eye and tissue donors.
Two participating hospitals are Chandler Regional Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Shea will both be holding outdoor ceremonies. Chandler Regional Medical Center 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 7 and Scottsdale Healthcare Shea 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 22 are holding flag raising services to honor all of the Arizona organ donors over the past year. They will also host either a donor family or a transplant recipient to speak during their events. For additional information visit www.dnaz.org.