April is National Donate Life Month and now is the time to Show Your Heart in support of the nearly 200 Wyomingites currently waiting for a lifesaving transplant. Did you know anyone, regardless of age or medical condition, can register as a donor?! Nearly 58% of Wyomingites have signed up to give the gift of life and there are several other ways to celebrate that amazing gift of life this April.
Join us at the Old Chicago in Cheyenne on Monday, April 3rd to Show Your Heart for organ, eye and tissue donation and the opportunity to meet NASCAR driver Joey Gase and place a heart stencil on his official racecar.
Celebrate National Blue and Green Day on April 21 by wearing blue and green in celebration of the lifesaving gift of organ, eye and tissue donation. Show Your Heart and Save the entire week leading up to National Blue & Green Day. April 15-21, several area establishments will be offering special discounts to those showing the hearts on their license or wearing blue and green in celebration of National Donate Life Month. Participating restaurants include Qdoba, Old Chicago, Pizza Ranch, and Bosco’s Italian Restaurant. More info is available at DonateLifeWyoming.org/NDLM.
Be someone’s Hero by saying Yes to organ, eye and tissue donation at the Driver Services Office. Once you’ve registered and discussed donation with your family, you can learn more on how to show your support at DonateLifeWyoming.org/NDLM. #ShowYourHeartWY
In 2009 Jason’s world was turned upside down when he went from a healthy, active life to nearly dying in just a month. He began experiencing symptoms of a cold that got progressively worse. Upon visiting a doctor, he was diagnosed with an unusual strain of pneumonia. Just four weeks later he had congestive heart failure, a condition that threatened his life.
A left ventricular assist device, or LVAD, was implanted in Jason’s chest to help his heart pump blood throughout his body and keep him alive. He was also placed on the waiting list for a heart transplant.
Jason waited 9 long months using the LVAD, which required him to carry around an attached computer and replace batteries frequently. During that time, he received one false alarm from the transplant center when they believed they had a heart for him, which later fell through. Finally, in February of 2010, Jason received word from his doctors that a heart was ready. Twelve hours later, Jason was in surgery.
Within a matter of weeks, Jason was on the road to a full recovery. In the years that followed Jason resumed full-time work and an active life with his wife, including hiking, camping, seeing live music and more. He has also completed his Business Degree in Human Resources.
“Five years ago, I was dead. Because of my transplant, I am alive. And I couldn’t be alive without my donor,” Jason said. “I am thankful for every day that I wake up and can honor my donor family by continuing to keep their loved one’s memory alive by being strong and helping others whenever I can.”
About Donor Alliance
Donor Alliance is a nonprofit dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation. As the organ procurement organization and accredited tissue bank for Colorado and most of Wyoming, Donor Alliance serves more than 5.8 million residents and more than 100 hospitals. The organization adheres to medical, regulatory and ethical standards: respectfully working with the families of organ and tissue donors, maintaining partnerships with hospitals, educating residents on the life-saving benefits of donation and inspiring them to sign up on the state’s donor registry. Colorado and Wyoming boast some of the highest rates of donor registration in the country, which directly translates to more lives saved through organ and tissue transplantation. Donor Alliance is one of 58 federally designated organizations of its kind in the United States, and is also an American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) accredited tissue bank. For more information, please visit DonorAlliance.org or the Donate Life Colorado or Donate Life Wyoming Facebook pages.