Note: This column appears in the Wednesday, Feb. 12 newspaper on Page A3.

Many know Feb. 14 as Valentine’s Day, a day to celebrate love, but did you know it is also recognized as National Organ Donor Day?

To celebrate this day, Lifeline of Ohio encourages folks to consider registering as an organ, eye, and tissue donor thus giving hope to the thousands of men, women, and children on the organ transplant waiting list.

According to organdonor.gov, as of July 2019, there were 113,000-plus men, women and children on the national transplant waiting list.

Approximately 20 people die each day waiting for a transplant, Lifeline of Ohio reports. And every 10 minutes another person is added to the waiting list.

Data from optn.transplant.hrsa.gov shows that each year, the number of people on the waiting list continues to be much larger than both the number of donors and transplants, which grow slowly.

According to Lifeline of Ohio, one donor can save eight lives. According to organdonor.gov, one person can donate up to eight lifesaving organs (heart, two lungs, liver, pancreas, two kidneys and intestines).

To learn more about the donation process and to register to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor, visit organdonor.gov.

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