Cathy Walters of the Donate Life Committee and County Councilor Rick Reiss, center, along with donors and donor recipients hold up a proclamation, which declares April ‘Donate Life Month’ during Tuesday’s County Council meeting. ‘I want to thank the County Council for doing this again,’ Walters said. She emphasized the importance of being an organ donor, saying, ‘The donors are the real heroes.’ Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
During the regular Los Alamos County Council meeting Tuesday evening in Council Chambers, Councilor Rick Reiss presented a proclamation on behalf of the Council to donor recipient Cathy Walters of the Donate Life Committee, which declares April as “Donate Life Month”.
At the conclusion of the presentation, Walters was treated to an impromptu rendition of Happy Birthday in honor of her birthday by the Council and attendees at the meeting.
WHEREAS: During Donate Life Month, we honor the compassion and generosity of registered donors, donor families and living donors, and recognize the commitment of medical professionals who work tirelessly to save and heal lives through transplantation; and
WHEREAS: By becoming an organ, eye and tissue donor, one individual can save and heal the lives of up to 75 people; and
WHEREAS: More than 116,000 patients continue to wait for life-saving organ transplants on the national list, including 750 New Mexicans; and
WHEREAS:Another person is added to the waiting list every ten minutes, and on average, 20 people who are on the waiting list die because the organs they need are not donated in time; and
WHEREAS: The most effective way to address this health crisis is to educate and encourage individuals to register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor; and
WHEREAS: It is easy for citizens in Los Alamos County to register as an organ and tissue donor at the Motor Vehicle Division when obtaining a license or ID card;
NOW, THEREFORE, on behalf of the Council of the Incorporated County of Los Alamos, I do hereby proclaim the Month of April 2018 as
“DONATE LIFE MONTH”
in Los Alamos County, and ask our citizens to consider signing up this month to be an organ donor in order to save lives.