JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, –
April is National Donate Life Month and Brooke Army Medical Center celebrated Blue/Green Spirit Week April 10-16, promoting the importance of registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor.
“There is a shortage of organ donors in the United States, nearly 110,000 patients are currently on the national waiting list and a new name is added every 10 minutes,” said Army Maj. (Dr.) Gilda Bobele, deputy director of the Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit. “More than 7,000 of the patients waiting died last year before receiving organ donation because there aren’t enough organs to transplant.”
During the week, BAMC staff members planned activities to bring awareness to the need for organ donation, including chalk messages on the bridge from the parking garage and a rock garden inspiring hope for those in need of an organ transplant, donors and healthcare workers.