By Senators Rivers, King, Becker, Dansel, Baumgartner, Sheldon, O'Ban, Padden, Hatfield, Nelson, Mullet, Hewitt, Rolfes, Angel, Jayapal, Dammeier, Brown, Roach, Miloscia, Keiser, Honeyford, Kohl-Welles, Benton, and Fraser
WHEREAS, Many Washington citizens have literally given the gift of life by donating organs, eyes, and tissue; and
WHEREAS, It is essential that all citizens are aware of the opportunity to save and enhance the lives of others through organ, eye, and tissue donation and transplantation; and
WHEREAS, There are more than one hundred twenty-three thousand courageous Americans awaiting a lifesaving organ transplant, with twenty-one individuals losing their lives every day because of the shortage of donations; and
WHEREAS, Every ten minutes a person is added to the national organ donation waiting list; and
WHEREAS, An organ, eye, and tissue donation from one individual can save or heal the lives of over fifty people; and
WHEREAS, Families receive comfort during the grieving process with the knowledge that through organ, eye, and tissue donation, another person's life has been saved or enhanced; and
WHEREAS, Organ donation offers the recipients a second chance at life, enabling them to be with their families and maintain a higher quality of life; and
WHEREAS, Through organ, eye, and tissue donation, a donor and the donor's family receive gratitude from the recipient's family and are honored by the enhancement of the recipient's life; and
WHEREAS, The example set by those who choose to donate reflects the character and compassion of these individuals, whose voluntary choice saves the lives of others;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Washington State Senate honor April as National Donate Life Month to remember those who have donated, and celebrate the lives of the recipients.
I, Hunter G. Goodman, Secretary of the Senate,
do hereby certify that this is a true and
correct copy of Senate Resolution 8668,
adopted by the Senate
April 16, 2015
Secretary of the Senate