April is National Donate Life Month!

This year’s theme is the rainbow and Donate Life America shared why they chose it.

Often following a storm, the presence of a rainbow provides optimism and motivates us to endure through dark times. Similarly, organ, eye and tissue donation is the bridge of comfort and hope between one family’s mourning and another’s healing — turning tragedy into renewed life. The vibrant Donate Life rainbow in the National Donate Life Month artwork rises from stormy clouds, recognizing that it takes both rain and light to create the gift of a rainbow.

Virginia has a special connection to this year’s theme. Chesapeake native Stephanie Green received her new heart in 1995 when she was just ten years old. Stephanie had embraced rainbows as the symbol of her lucky life, and as the symbol of someone who makes a selfless gift so that another may live. Every time she waited for a new heart, she would say she was waiting for her rainbow.

Sadly, Stephanie died after receiving her second heart transplant in 2016. She was full of life, and her loss, is not only hard for the many people who were touched by her, but also the donation community. Stephanie was an amazing advocate and would share the importance of donation every chance she got. That’s why we are happy to reveal that Donate Life America said she inspired this year’s theme.   You can read more about Stepahnie and the rainbow theme her — Waiting on a Rainbow.