Donate Life Month
National Donate Life Month (NDLM) was instituted by Donate Life America and its partnering organizations in 2003. Celebrated in April each year, NDLM features an entire month of local, regional and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.
Wall of Heroes
A Permanent Art Installation to Honor the Legacy of Organ, Tissue and Eye Donors
The multi-dimensional piece has been funded primarily through a gift from My Angel Foundation. The hospital worked through Moberg Gallery to commission Travis Rice, an Arizona artist, previously from Des Moines.
Approximately 65 percent of adults are registered donors in Iowa. Still, nearly 120,000 people nationally are waiting for their life-saving organ transplant; almost 700 of those are in Iowa. Over 1,500,000 tissue grafts are used every year across the country in common surgical procedures aimed at enhancing and saving lives. Approximately 40,000 corneal transplants are performed annually in the United States. Here in Iowa, more than 13,000 corneas have been provided for transplant since 1955.
To register to become a donor, go to www.iowadonornetwork.org. You can also find additional information at www.iowalionseyebank.org or www.myangelfoundation.org.
Visit our Tree of Life – year round
Please take a moment and stop by our "Tree of Life." This is a tree that was planted and dedicated to those who have given life to others. Located in Lynne Cutler Park, in the center of the Iowa Methodist Medical Center Campus. It is marked with a small Isabell Bloom sculpture of two children playing.