Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Do you have something blue, green?

Friday the 13th is Blue and Green Day.

The day is as part of National Donate Life Month, and is an opportunity to show your support by wearing the two colors that symbolize donation advocacy, discussing donation with friends and loved ones, and, most importantly, registering yourself as a donor at

“Organ, tissue and eye donation is a cause everyone can be proud to be part of,” said LifeNet Health President and CEO Rony Thomas. “The simple act of showing your support and talking with your friends and family about donation helps encourage others to register as well. It’s a decision that can change countless lives for the better.”

LifeNet Health is inviting the community to join in by taking the following steps:

  • Register as a donor at
  • Share the decision to donate with friends and family and encourage others to register.
  • Wear blue and green clothing on Friday, April 13 and encourage others to do the same.
  • Share why you are a donor and support donation on social media using the hashtag #BlueGreenDay.
  • Download the Donate Life green band frame to Facebook profile pictures or video from the Donate Life America Facebook page.

Ninety-five percent of Americans are in favor of being a donor, but only 56 percent of the U.S. adult population is registered, according to a LifeNet news release. An organ donor can save up to nine lives, and a single tissue donor can enhance more than 150 lives.

More than 2,400 Virginians are waiting for a life-saving transplant right now — 40 percent of Virginia adults have not yet registered, according to Donate Life Virginia. 

This story was published in partnership with our sister publication, Southside Daily.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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