National Blue & Green Day takes place each April during National Donate Life Month. The public is encouraged to wear blue and green, hold events and fundraisers, and partner with community organizations to spread awareness about the success of organ, eye and tissue transplantation and the extreme need for registered donors.
“The act of registering your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor takes less than a minute. This one action can serve as a life-saving opportunity for those in need,” states Chris Meeks, Executive Director of the Alabama Organ Center. “One donor can save or enhance the lives of more than 75 people.”
Why blue and green? Those are the colors of Donate Life America! Each year, Donate Life America and the Alabama Organ Center use this initiative to help focus state and national attention on how every individual has the potential to make life possible by registering his or her decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor.
Donate Life America centers their colors and artwork around the image of a rainbow paired with a quote from Maya Angelou, “be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” Often following a storm, the presence of a rainbow provides optimism and motivation to endure darker times. Organ, eye and tissue donation, like a rainbow, is the bridge of comfort between one family’s mourning and another’s healing – turning tragedy into renewed life. The vibrant Donate Life rainbow in the artwork rises from stormy clouds, recognizing that it takes both rain and light to create the gift of a rainbow.
In addition to the downtown train underpasses, several locations across the state will be blue and green on and around April 13th, including:
- RSA Tower in Montgomery
- Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel
- Children’s of Alabama
- The Fountain at Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital
- The iconic Birmingham Sign at Regions Field
- Vestavia Hills Southern Gateway and Sibyl Temple
- City of Fairhope Fountain
You can register your decision to make life possible by becoming an organ, eye and tissue donor at www.alabamaorgancenter.org.