DRAFT PROCLAMATION TEXT
Proclamation - April 1, 2009
National Donate Life Month, 2009
Every human life has matchless value, and during National Donate Life Month, we reaffirm our commitment to raising awareness about organ donation and the importance of making the decision to donate. We also express our appreciation to those who have donated organs, tissue, and marrow.
Over 100,000 of Americans, over 4,500 in New Jersey, are currently on the waiting list for an organ transplant and thousands more need life enhancing tissue transplants. I urge all New Jersey residents to register with the state’s donor registry; say yes to organ and tissue donation on their driver's license; and share their decision with family and friends. By taking these steps, New Jerseyans can help save lives. My Administration is committed to strengthening organ and tissue donation programs and to increase the number of organs available for transplantation in order to save lives. The kindness and generosity of donors reflect the compassionate spirit of our state.
During National Donate Life Month, we celebrate the life-saving work of medical professionals and researchers and the many others whose actions reflect our commitment to a brighter tomorrow. Individuals can visit www.DonateLifeNJ.org to learn more about organ and tissue donation and how they can give the gift of life.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, _________, Mayor of ________, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the citizens of __________, do hereby proclaim April 2009 as Donate Life Month. I call upon health care professionals, volunteers, educators, government agencies, faith-based and community groups, and private organizations to help raise awareness of the urgent need for organ and tissue donors throughout our state.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine.