Whereas the act of donating an organ, tissue, marrow, or blood is recognized worldwide as an expression of compassion to those in need; a single individual’s organ donation can save up to eight lives, and a single blood donation can help three people in need; and
Whereas at this time, more than 21,000 individuals in California and more than 107,000 individuals nationwide are on the national organ transplant waiting list; on average, 17 people die every day while waiting due to the shortage of donated organs, and the need for donated organs is especially urgent in Hispanic and African American communities; and
Whereas over 750,000 transplants have occurred in the United States since 1988, and millions of lives each year are saved and healed by donors of organs, tissues, marrow, and blood; and
Whereas the spirit of giving and decisions to donate are not restricted by age or medical condition, and over 17 million Californians have signed up with the state-authorized Donate Life California Registry to ensure their wishes to be organ and tissue donors are honored, California residents can sign up with the Donate Life California Registry when applying for or renewing their driver’s licenses or ID cards at the California Department of Motor Vehicles;
Now, Therefore I, Victor M. Gordo, Mayor of the City of Pasadena, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby proclaim April, 2021in Pasadena as DMV/Donate Life Month.