Nebraska Kidney Association
The Numbers Tell the Story
Omaha, NE - April 1, 2014 - No matter how you gauge it, nearly 122,000 is a weighty number...especially when it's measuring lives. Right now, that's how many Americans are on the waiting list for life-saving organs, according to the Nebraska Kidney Association. Nearly 102,000 are awaiting a kidney or kidney/pancreas transplant. April is Donate Life Month and the association is asking all Nebraskans to consider organ, eye and tissue donation.
"On average, 19 people die every day in the U.S. because there aren't enough organ donors. Donate Life Month is the perfect time for people to commit to helping change these numbers," says Tim Neal, Chief Executive Officer of the Nebraska Kidney Association. "One donor can save or enhance up to 50 lives. Today, it is also possible for living donors to give the gift of life through kidney and partial liver or lung donation," continues Neal.
According to the Association, all major religions support organ donation, there is no cost to the donor's family and designated donors receive the best possible medical care. For a free donor card and brochure answering the most commonly-asked questions about organ donation, contact the Nebraska Kidney Association at 800.642.1255 or visit www.kidneyne.org. You can also sign up on the donor registry for Nebraska at www.nedonation.org or when you renew your driver's license at the Department of Motor Vehicles.
The Nebraska Kidney Association (NKA) has been serving Nebraskans for 45 years. The NKA is a local and independent kidney patient advocacy group with no ties to a national organization, so 100% of all money raised here stays here for programs, and services to help Nebraskans. The mission of the Nebraska Kidney Association is to improve the lives of all Nebraskans through advocacy, education, early disease detection and patient services.