Burnett Medical Center would like to thank those of you who joined us as we Pause to Give Life and kick off National Donate Life Month on April 2nd.

At 10:08am, we were among the 83 Donate Life Wisconsin members and hospitals across the state that raised a Donate Life flag. The time of 10:08 recognizes that every 10 minutes a new name is added to the list, and highlights the fact that one donor can save eight lives.

The Donate Life flag was first introduced in 2006. Since then it has become a national symbol of unity, remembrance and hope, while honoring those touched by donation and transplantation. During the past 12 years, 50,000 Donate Life Flags have flown across America.

Once we raised our flag, we then stood in a moment of silence for one minute and 14 seconds to recognize the more than 114,000 patients waiting for a life-saving transplant in the U.S. Of those 114,000 people who are waiting for a life-saving transplant, more than two thousand are right here in Wisconsin. On the morning of April 2nd, we not only recognized their strength and courage, but we also honored the hundreds of Wisconsin donors and donor families that have so selflessly given the gift of life and healing through organ, tissue and eye donation.

We also want to say thank you to our nearly three million Wisconsin neighbors and nearly nine thousand Burnett County residents who have said yes, and registered as organ, tissue and eye donors. Together, we are united in a mission to save and heal lives and create a culture where donation is embraced as a fundamental human responsibility.

We ask that you help us continue to educate our fellow Wisconsinites about the need for more registered organ, tissue and eye donors. April is National Donate Life month, and a great time for us to remember this important work. So, throughout April, please make it your personal mission to speak to at least one person about organ, tissue and eye donation. If they're not already registered, ask them to consider taking that step to formalize their decision by registering today at their local DMV or at DonateLifeWisconsin.org Thousands of Wisconsin residents who need a transplant hope you will say YES and register as an organ, tissue and eye donor.

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