National Blood Donor Month
Since the winter months traditionally yield lower numbers of blood donations, January has been designated as National Blood Donor Month (NBDM) to encourage donors to give or pledge to give blood. Every day in the U.S., approximately 39,000 units of blood are required in hospitals and emergency treatment facilities for patients with cancer and other diseases, for organ transplant recipients, and to help save the lives of accident victims. For blood donor information, visit AABB.
National Donor Day
February 14 is National Donor Day, a day to give the gift of life.
- Fill out an organ and tissue donation card, register at the Legacy Organ and Tissue Donor Registry and make sure your family knows you want to be a donor.
- Join the National Registry of potential volunteer marrow and blood stem cell donors. Learn how you can donate your baby's umbilical cord blood stem cells at birth. Visit Blood Marrow and Cord Blood Donation and Transplantation for more information.
- Find a blood donation center near you at American's Blood Centers and donate blood.
National Donate Life Month
Hepatitis Awareness Month and World Hepatitis Day
May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, while World Hepatitis Day falls on July 28th. For more information, visit the CDC Viral Hepatitis Resource Center, HCV Advocate, and Hepatitis Foundation International.
National Liver Awareness Month
August is National Liver Awareness Month. To learn more about liver disease awareness and wellness, visit the American Liver Foundation.
Page last updated: April 14, 2017