Outreach and Communication Resources
An Honor Walk is a ceremonial event to commemorate a patient prior to organ donation.
Honor walks need to be coordinated by hospital staff to ensure safety and privacy protocols are taken into consideration.
A policy is recommended to ensure a smooth transport into the OR.
If you are interested in implementing an Honor Walk, use this checklist as a guide.
Flag raisings are a special way to honor hospitals’ donor heroes. Flag raisings can take place at any time, however, many times they take place:
- As part of a commemoration ceremony during Donate Life Month (April)
- In honor of a donor hero, after which the flag is given to the donor’s family
If you’re interested in learning more about flag raisings, we invite you to talk with your Donation Program Coordinator who can assist you.
The DoNation Campaign, sponsored by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), engages workplaces of all sizes and across all industries in efforts to improve awareness about organ donation and transplantation and to sign more people up as organ, eye, and tissue donors. Organizations can earn national recognition for their efforts by hosting a variety of activities and events.
Donate Life Month
Observed in April each year, National Donate Life Month helps raise awareness about donation, encourages Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and honors those who have saved lives through the gift of donation.
Healthcare facilities plan a variety of activities to commemorate this month, including: flag raisings, Donor Memorial Quilt displays, information tables and more. Your Donation Program Coordinator can work with you to plan the best activities for your staff and guests.
Donation data for your use
Access donation data and statistics using either of these websites:
Background Information: Located in Richmond, Virginia, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is a non-profit, scientific and educational organization that administers the nation’s only Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), established by the U.S. Congress in 1984. Through the OPTN, we:
- collect and manage data about every transplant event occurring in the United States
- facilitate the organ matching and placement process using UNOS-developed data technology and the UNOS Organ Center
- bring together medical professionals, transplant recipients and donor families to develop organ transplantation policy