Each April the nation’s organ donation and transplantation community — along with hospital partners, businesses and community organizations — come together to celebrate National Donate Life Month. This is a time to celebrate the lives saved through organ donation and transplantation and to encourage others to embrace donation.
The theme for 2023, presented by Donate Life America, is “Make a Splash for Donate Life Month.” The inspiration behind the theme was the natural world of the pond coming to life in the spring. Frogs are a sign of healing and renewal, and water lilies represent hope. Lily pads may be small on top, but have deep roots below the surface, reminding us of the collaboration and support needed for hope to bloom.
The staff at LifeQuest, along with donation champions at UF Health Shands Hospital and the UF Health Shands Transplant Center, will be sharing the message about lifesaving donation and transplantation with several tabling events, donation registration stations and donor family and recipient testimonials.
UF Health Shands also will be participating in Donate Life Florida’s “Let Your Light Shine” campaign by lighting up several outdoor areas, including the water fountains at Butler Lake and Rush Lake; the landscaping in front of UF Health Shands Hospital; and the third-level walkway outside the UF Health Heart & Vascular and Neuromedicine hospitals.