Donate Life Month kicks off with a friendly competition among Nevada first responders

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – April is National Donate Life Month and on Monday, Clark County recognized Nevada Donor Network Day with a proclamation raising awareness of the hundreds of Nevadans awaiting an organ transplant. 

As nearly 700 people in the state of Nevada and 100,000 across the country wait for an organ donation the Nevada State Police are among the 35 statewide first responder agencies taking part in the ‘Silver State Heroes Challenge.’ Which is a competition to see which organization can raise the most awareness during the month. 

Last year, was the first year of the competition the Nevada State Police took home the trophy, and they hope to continue to do so this year. They are inspired by Trooper Micah May whose tragic passing in 2021 turned into a symbol of hope by his organ donation.

“Once one life is gone, we can help another continue on,” Trooper Shawn Haggstrom explained. 

Police, fire departments, and medical services will wear Donate Life pins and their vehicles will display Donate Life decals during the campaign. 

April is National Donate Life Month and on Monday, April 1 Clark County recognized Nevada Donor Network Day with a proclamation raising awareness to the hundreds of Nevadans awaiting an organ transplant. (KLAS)

For Tyre Gray, with the Nevada Donor Network, it’s a personal mission. He received a kidney transplant at UMC.

“I’m a living story of what donation here in Nevada means because but for that, I wouldn’t be here and my kids wouldn’t be here,” Gray said. 

Devon Eisma is a Flight Nurse who runs OptiumMedicine and sees patients like Tyre Gray every day.

“So, they may be on a ventilator or multiple IV medications and all of that gets repaired when once they get the organ transplant, they need and they are able to live a normal healthy life,” Eisma said. “I think being a donor is something some people have preconceived notions about and I think it is something that is really important. I think when you are on the receiving end of this it becomes crystal clear why it matters so much.”

Currently, the only organs transplanted in Nevada are kidneys and pancreas and the rest have to go out of state. 

If you register to be a donor with the DMV that will put you just on the State Donor List, to be a national donor you will need to register with the National Donate Life Registry which you can do through the Health App on your iPhone. More information is available at the Nevada donor website.

Original News Source Link – KLAS

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