Donate Life Month

Save lives. Say Yes! Register your decision to donate life today.

During National Donate Life Month we join communities across America to honor donor heroes and their families, and to bring attention to the life-giving gift of organ, eye and tissue donation.

Join the campaign and help us reach our goal of inspiring 30,000 people in Illinois and northwest Indiana to “Say Yes!” to donation and register their decision in April.

  • Throughout the month, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network and hundreds of advocates including hospitals, coroners, funeral directors, ambassadors and partners throughout Illinois and northwest Indiana are raising awareness about organ, eye and tissue donation, honoring donors and donor families, and encouraging everyone to “Say Yes!” to donation.
  • Local events will celebrate organ & tissue donors and educate others about the need for donor registrations. Many communities will also “Light It Up Purple” in public display of support for organ and tissue donation. For a full list of programs and events visit our calendar of events.

95% of people support donation but fewer than 60% are registered donors.

  • Organ, eye and tissue donation is an act of compassion that connects all of us, offering the gift of life and healing to people in need. It provides families of organ and tissue donors with something positive amid loss, knowing their loved one saved or healed someone’s life with their gift of donation.
  • An individual could save up to eight lives as an organ donor, heal more than 25 people in need of skin grafts, bone or tendon grafts or other donated tissue, and help restore sight for two people.

We strongly encourage everyone who has not registered as a donor to learn about donation, register as a donor, and talk with their family about their decision.


How to make a difference and join the campaign

1. Spread the word!

2. Share your support, stories and photos on social media!

Post your messages of support, your experience with donation and transplantation and photos on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Download these social media posts to share on your own social media account

  • Use the #SayYestoDonation hashtag
  • Tag @GiftofHope so we see your message and can engage with all our #SayYestoDonation advocates to share ongoing highlights, news and updates.
  • Link to to encourage people to register as donors.

Add a National Donate Life Month banner image to your social media pages.

Honor a loved one who gave – Light a virtual candle in memory of someone who was an organ, eye or tissue donor.

Click here to light a virtual candle

3. “Light it Up Purple” to honor donors and their families

Light up windows or a front door, your office building or outdoor spaces with purple light to publicly support and honor donors and their families throughout Illinois and northwest Indiana

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