The beginning of a new year comes with a sense of renewed hope, new opportunities and even new ways to give back and care for your community.  There’s no doubt that 2020 was a year like no other with a “new normal” for almost all the things we do in our day-to-day life, including how we welcomed 2021 and making resolutions for the New Year.

This year, you may be thinking about your New Year resolutions in a different way—you may want to prioritize your health, adopt a sleeping routine or turn your sights on giving back to others who are less fortunate.  Whatever you have in mind, don’t forget to include a few feel-good and attainable goals on your list.

A feel-good New Year resolution: Sign up as a donor

Want an achievable, feel-good resolution?  We have the perfect idea for you!  Make signing up as an organ, eye and tissue donor one of your resolutions for 2021.  Giving the gift of live through organ donation and transplantation will not only make you feel accomplished but also give hope to the nearly 2,000 people in our region, including almost 200 Blacks and African Americans, waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant.  The best part: It will only take you a few minutes to complete this resolution and cross it off your list.

Wondering what it means to sign up to be an organ, eye and tissue donor?

Signing up as an organ, eye and tissue donor means you have made the decision to donate your organs, eyes and tissues at the time of your death. Your decision to be a donor takes priority over your family’s preferences, so be sure and discuss your decision with loved ones.

Anyone, of any age, with any kind of medical history can choose to sign up as an organ, eye and tissue donor.  Your health, age and lifestyle should not be factors in your decision to help others in the event of your death.  Even people with chronic medical conditions and infectious diseases may be able to donate.  The organs and tissue that can actually be used will be determined at the time of your death.  Don’t rule yourself out; you can save lives!

How to sign up as a donor during these times

Simply register your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor. You can sign up online anytime without leaving your house at DonateLifeColorado.org.  Moreover, you can still sign up when you go to your local driver’s license office.  Remember, things may look different at your local office, so learn what precautions are in place prior to your visit.

As you get ready to tackle or choose your resolutions and intentions for 2021, we encourage you to learn more about organ, eye and tissue donation and sign up as an organ, eye and tissue donor.  Your heroic decision can save and heal lives.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our friends at Donor Alliance at (303) 329-4747 or at their Facebook page @DonateLifeColorado.

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