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Honoring the Legacy of Life | Donate Life Month 2024

April is National Donate Life Month (NDLM), and we are proud to recognize the importance of generosity and compassion once again in saving lives through transplantation.  

At the Northwest Kidney Council, our mission resonates deeply with the essence of NDLM. We are committed to championing the cause of organ donation, promoting safety, and ensuring access to quality care for the kidney community across Oregon and Washington.  

In reflecting on the profound impact of organ donation, we're reminded of individuals like Adrian Miller, whose journey underscores the importance of organizations like Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC). Adrian's story, which you can read in full [here], serves as a powerful testament to the resilience of those affected by kidney disease and the vital role kidney transplants can play in their lives.  

We also invite you to explore the compelling partner profile blog post featuring Jane Hunt, CEO of Donate Life Northwest. Jane's journey and dedication to the cause of organ donation highlight the incredible work being done by DLNW in our region. Read Jane's Full Story.

In our region, the act of donation is not just a singular act but a ripple of hope that touches countless lives. Organ donors in Oregon and Washington can enhance up to 125 lives, a testament to the profound impact of one selfless decision.  

However, the demand for organ transplants far exceeds the available supply. According to Donate Life America, in the United States alone, over 100,000 individuals are on the national transplant waiting list, with another person added every 8 minutes. Unfortunately, due to the shortage of organs, an average of 16 lives are lost each day.  

Within the kidney community, the need is acute. With approximately 100,000 Americans requiring kidney transplants annually, the burden of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) weighs heavily. Chronic kidney disease (CKD), often stemming from prevalent conditions like diabetes and hypertension, underscores the urgency for more donors and heightened awareness.

  • In Oregon, there are over 8,400 individuals living with ESRD, with 673 awaiting a kidney transplant.  

  • In Washington, more than 15,000 residents grapple with ESRD, with 1,212 awaiting a kidney transplant.    

Yet, amidst these numbers, there is hope. Every individual has the power to make a difference through the simple act of registration. By signing up as an organ, eye, tissue, and blood donor, you extend the gift of life to those in need and pave the way for a brighter future.   In our region, registering to be a donor is easily accessible. Residents of Oregon and Washington can sign up during driver's license or state ID renewal or online through platforms like Donate Life Northwest.    

Additionally, we celebrate the passage of SB 5177 in Washington state in 2023, ensuring organ transport vehicles can use lights and sirens, enhancing the efficiency and safety of organ transportation, and ultimately benefiting transplant recipients.   


Join us in spreading awareness, in fostering hope, and in making a tangible difference in the lives of others. Together, we can create a world where the gift of life knows no bounds, where generosity transcends barriers, and where every individual has the opportunity to flourish.  

This National Donate Life Month, let us unite in the spirit of giving and reaffirm our commitment to building a brighter, healthier future for all.  


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