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Donate Life Month Resources

Celebrated each April, National Donate Life Month is an opportunity for individuals and organizations to help encourage Americans to register as organ, tissue and eye donors and to celebrate those who have saved lives through the gift of donation.

Below are several resources to help with your Donate Life Month story.

Press Release

Download the 2022 Donate Life Month press release.

Governor’s Proclamation

Governor Ricketts has declared April as Donate Life Month in Nebraska. View/download the official proclamation.

Lt. Governor Mike Foley presents the Donate Life Month proclamation to members of Live On Nebraska’s leadership team.

Donation Statistics

  • More than 100,000 people in U.S. are waiting for an organ transplant.
  • 300 people in Nebraska or waiting for an organ transplant.
  • Every 10 minutes another name is added to the transplant waiting list.
  • Each day 20 people in the U.S. die waiting for an organ transplant.
  • 2021 Nebraska organ and tissue donation statistics:
    • 97 deceased organ donors
    • 35 living organ donors
    • 583 deceased tissue donors
    • 297 birth tissue donors
  • 41,354 organ transplants were performed in the United States in 2021.
  • One deceased organ and tissue donor can save and heal up to 100 people.
  • Anyone age 16 and over can register to be an organ, tissue and eye donor.
  • The organs that can be donated are: lungs, heart, liver, pancreas, kidneys, intestines.
  • The tissues that can be donated are: corneas, heart valves, bone, skin, veins, connective tissue.
  • Nebraska’s oldest donor was 103 years old.

Click the name of each donor to view their story.

Sara Steiner, Omaha

Bailey Williams, La Vista

Kathi Hassel-Strom, Omaha

Michaela Kirkebak, Omaha

Anne Juarez, Lincoln

Toby Arneson, Lincoln

Joe Lott, Lincoln

Kyle Wolinski, Elba

Makayla Linder, Cozad

National Blue & Green Day

During National 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.

A young child celebrates the gift of organ and tissue donation at a Live On Nebraska event.
A donor family celebrates their loved one’s gift of life at Live On Nebraska’s annual Celebration of Heroes.
A donor mom prepares to listen to the heartbeat of her daughter’s heart recipient.
A bench honoring organ, tissue and eye donors resides near the James Family Conservatory at Mahoney State Park.
The shadow from the bench honoring organ, tissue and eye donors at Mahoney State Park.
Joseph Adams of Omaha, the recipient of a lifesaving heart transplant. “My donor’s gift allowed me to continue my life with my family, it’s overwhelming when you think about it. Every once in a while, it all comes flooding back and I think about how I have a part of another human being inside me and it’s keeping me alive.”
Alexa Blaine received a tendon transplant following multilple volleyball injuries. Alexa’s transplant inspired her to pursue a career in sports medicine. “I wish I could say ‘thank you’ to my donor but being a part of their selfless act to give back just goes beyond words. Someone gave their life to save so many people and I was impacted in the best way.”