This April marks
the nation’s second annual observance of National Donate Life
Month. This is a time to remember those heroes who gave life through
organ and tissue donation. It is also a time to remember those who
have received the gift of life.
Most especially, this observance reminds us that there are still
many more people who await the gift of life. Their futures are uncertain,
for our nation is experiencing a critical organ shortage. In Illinois
alone, more than 4,400 men, women and children are waiting and hoping
for transplants that will save their lives. Last year, nearly 300
Illinois patients died while waiting.
Please join Catholics and communities across the country as they
take part in numerous events and campaigns to promote donor awareness.
The message is simple: Donate life. Decide to be a donor, sign a
card and talk to your family.
I ask your support of this campaign by helping to promote this
message. We remind all Catholics of our faith’s support for
donation and transplantation as one of the highest expressions of
human compassion and giving. These are basic principles upon which
our Catholic faith is based.
Please consider participating in National Donate Life Month by
discussing our Church’s teachings and statements on donation
and transplantation with your families, friends and co-workers.
Please consider the faith-based decision to give the gift of life.
With more than 83,000 Americans waiting for lifesaving organ transplants
and thousands more waiting for life-enhancing tissue or cornea transplants,
we must all participate in this campaign.
I ask you to support National Donate Life Month in honor of those
who gave, on behalf of those who received . . . and with hope for
those who continue to wait.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.
Archbishop of Chicago