BOISE, Idaho — April is National Donate Life Month and the goal is to help encourage people to sign up and be an organ, tissue and eye donor. The goal is also to highlight and honor those who saved lives through the gift of donation.
Donate Life Month looks different this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. St. Luke's did not want the month to pass without honoring those who make organ donation and transplantation happen.
The Boise hospital is flying a special Donate Life flag that was made by a local Eagle Scout. The flag is traditionally flown during the time of an organ donation and a few days after. This time, it’s being raised as a tribute to Donate Life month.
Idaho is among the top states for the percentage of people who sign up to be organ donors at the DMV. A strong alliance between the Idaho Donor Registry and the Idaho Transportation Department make that happen.
Organ donations save the lives of around 150 Idaho residents every year.