April 12 – Idaho has consistently been one of the top states in the nation when it comes to saying yes to saving lives. This level of success can only be achieved with the hard work and participation of many working together. The Yes Idaho Donate Life Coalition would like to honor some of our community partners for being an integral part of saving lives through organ donation. To help celebrate National Donate Life Month, an event to honor these businesses and individuals will be held on Thursday, April 12, 10:00 am at the Idaho Transportation Department, 3311 W. State Street, Boise.
We will also be unveiling the 2018 Threads of Life Quilt. The quilt has been created with individual squares that were made by people with a personal connection to donation. Many of these squares honor a loved one who made the decision to donate or to celebrate the life of a transplant recipient.
The Community Partners that we will be recognizing are:
The Idaho Transportation Department ITD has been crucial in the success of donation in Idaho. Thanks to their help, the registry grew by 5.2 percent in 2017, to 64 percent of the population vs 2016 census estimate. The national average is 54 percent.
Senator Lee Heider Senator Heider has been at advocate for donation for several years. This year, he sponsored two bills that have been signed into law.
S1249 This legislation instructs institutions of higher education to send out a link to the Yes Idaho Donor Registry to their students twice each year.
S1250 Provides for a reminder email to be sent out to state employees reminding them that the state of Idaho currently provides for 30 days paid leave for any state employee donating a kidney.
Lillie Kaster Donor mother who has honored the memory of her son by educating the public about the importance of donation. She has reached out to rodeo royalty and recruited ambassadors for donation. They carry a Yes Idaho flag in parades while on horseback and speak at public events, sharing the message of donation.
KTVB Channel 7 and Doug Petcash have educated their audience about the importance of donation through a series of donation related stories that aired during the holidays.
Currently there are almost 300 people in Idaho who are waiting for a lifesaving transplant. We are very grateful to our community partners for their dedication to saving the lives of those who are waiting. For more information about organ, eye and tissue donation, please log on to www.yesidaho.org.