Reno Arch Turned Blue And Green For National Donate Life Month
Donor Network West encourages Nevadans to register to become organ donors throughout April
RENO, Nev. (April 5, 2022) – Nearly 600 Nevadans are on the organ transplant waiting list. In recognition of those who have received lifesaving transplants and in honor of both living and deceased donors, Donor Network West lights the Reno Arch blue and green every April during Donate Life Month. The Arch turned blue and green Friday, April 1, during a special ceremony and will stay blue and green the entire month.
Kicking off this special month, the lighting ceremony included Dan Palmer, liver transplant recipient; organ donation provided him a second chance at life and he now continues his passion for music. Also featured in the ceremony was Dawn Tindal, whose 38-year-old son, Alex Anderson, died in May 2020 and saved four lives through organ donation. In honor of his legacy, she educates others about organ donation.
As the federally designated Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) in northern Nevada and northern California, Donor Network West encourages Nevadans to register as organ donors year-round. It has partnered with City of Reno Mayor Hilary Schieve and other community leaders to develop the Northern Nevada Advisory Council, which she co-chairs as an advocate for organ donation and education.
“I am only here today because my sister donated her kidney to me,” Mayor Hillary Schieve, City of Reno, said. “I’m so proud to call my fellow organ recipients and donor families part of my family as we help educate others about how important organ donation is.”
One organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people and a tissue donor can heal as many as 75 lives. To learn more about organ and tissue donation, or to register as a donor, visit your local Department of Motor Vehicles or DonorNetworkWest.org.
Click here to download b-roll from the Light the Arch event.
Donor Network West saves and heals lives by facilitating organ and tissue recovery for transplantation and research. The organization was established in 1987 and is an official Donate Life organization accredited by the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) and the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB). Federally designated to serve 45 counties in Northern California and Northern Nevada, Donor Network West partners with the Department of Motor Vehicles and the state-authorized donor registries. For information, visit DonorNetworkWest.org and follow us on social media: @mydnwest.