The Southeast Missouri Department of Athletics and Mid-America Transplant are partnering during the month of April to raise awareness about organ, eye and tissue donation.
April is designated as National Donate Life Month, and the partnership will be highlighted by a “Green Up” game next Saturday, April 21 at Capaha Field when the baseball team hosts Murray State. Fans will have the opportunity to learn more about organ, eye and tissue donation and register their decision to be a donor at the "Green Up" game, and there will be ceremonies to honor and celebrate organ and tissue donors, donor families, and transplant recipients.
In addition to the Green Up Game, SEMO Athletics is "Going Green" during the month of April. Baseball and softball have Donate Life-themed uniforms for select games, while student-athletes participating in tennis and track and field are wearing green wristbands.
Softball will wear its green & blue uniforms this afternoon in honor of National Donate Life Blue & Green Day. The doubleheader at the Southeast Softball Complex will begin at 1 p.m. The Donate Life shades of green and blue represent ongoing efforts to increase the number of people registered as organ, eye, and tissue donors.
More than 115,000 people are currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplants nationwide after a year in which a record 34,768 organ transplants were performed in the United States. Mid-America Transplant contributed to the 2017 record by facilitating the recovery of an organizational record 718 lifesaving organs from 223 selfless, heroic organ donors.
You can register to become an organ, eye and tissue donor at RegisterMe.org.
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