Giving the gift of life is more than just about donating blood, but registering to donate organs, tissue, and eyes. The month of April is all about raising awareness about just that.
April is Donate Life Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of blood and organ donors. If not for them, Dave Courtney would not have new lungs to breath fresh air. Five and a half years ago he was a double lung recipient.
"I have a generic disorder called Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency and it caused me to have lung damage," said Courtney.
Courtney now dedicates his life to raising awareness and getting people registered as a donor.
"Its very important even on a personal level, there's seven kids in my family. Five of us are seriously effected."
Currently, 120,000 people are on the transplant list, waiting for a donor. Many not getting that opportunity. In fact, an average of 18 people die each day due to the lack of available organs. Which makes donating the life saving power of blood and organs vital to our area.
In fact, on Monday, Coffee Memorial Blood Center hosted a blood drive at Northwest Texas Hospital.
"70 percent of our blood comes from mobile blood drives. We have to draw about 125 units a day to meet the needs of the High Plains Region," said Suzanne Talley with Coffee Memorial Blood Center.
"We wish we had a crystal ball, but one day we leave and the blood supply is great and then the next day something might have happened that evening or early morning and it depleted one or two types completely," said Talley.
"We have a patient need Coffee is our partner as the source that provides the blood to our blood bank in house. Without those donors in our community to be able to take care of patient needs, we'd be in trouble," said NWTH Marketing Director, Caytie Martin.
Talley says Coffee is always in need of O-negative, it's the universal blood type and can be given to anyone without worry in an emergency situation.
To learn how you can become an organ donor, you can click here.