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34th Annual Erica Grossman
Visual Arts Contest

Donate Life Connecticut is happy to announce the launch of the 34th Annual Erica Grossman High School Visual Arts Contest. Since 1990, tens of thousands of high school students have participated in Donate Life Connecticut’s Annual Visual Arts Contest, helping to further organ donation awareness and promote the DLC mission to more Connecticut communities.

This annual contest is intended to raise awareness across Connecticut high schools about organ and tissue donation and the importance of becoming a registered donor. Most Connecticut students apply for their driver's license or state ID at 16 and need to be prepared to make an educated decision when asked whether they want to be a registered donor at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Students in grades 9-12 enrolled in a Connecticut High School, including public, private, magnet, and parochial, are invited to participate. Instructions and guidelines are below. Deadline for submissions is April 12, 2024.

2023 First Place Winner
Jasmid Martinez, Bullard Havens Technical High School

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April is
Donate Life Month

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Celebrated in April each year, National Donate Life Month features an entire month of local, regional, and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors and to celebrate those who have saved lives through the gift of donation.

More than 100,000 people are waiting for a lifesaving transplant. Transplants rely on the generosity of organ, eye and tissue donors, and there are not enough donors to meet the need. You can help.

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Donors are SuperStars!

Did you know that April is one of the best times of the year to stargaze?  

This April, we invite you to look up to the night sky and the billions of stars that make up the universe. Stars remind us that even in the darkest night, there is light.

Your decision to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor gives hope and light to the 100,000 people on the national transplant waiting list who are waiting for a second chance at life. That’s why donors are superstars.

Join us in helping save and heal lives: register your decision to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor, learn more about living donation, and champion the Donate Life cause. 

This National Donate Life Month, we ask you to join this interconnected life-sustaining community by registering as an organ, eye, and tissue donor, becoming educated about living donation, and championing the Donate Life cause.

“Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us.” 

~Neil deGrasse Tyson

Learn more about the types of organ donation and the organs that can be transplanted.

Living donation is an opportunity to save a life while you are still living. Learn more here.

Myths and misinformation exist around organ donation. Learn the facts here.

Transplants offer patients a new chance at healthy, productive, normal lives.

Meet some organ recipients..

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More than 1,000 people in Connecticut alone are awaiting a life-saving organ donation. They may be your neighbors or co-workers. View the video below to hear how lives have been changed and people just like you have been given a second chance at life.

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Request a Speaker

Donate Life Connecticut representatives and volunteers are always willing to speak about donation. There are many appropriate ways to discuss donation in a public setting, such as during:

  • elementary, middle school, or high school classes

  • teacher's conferences

  • driver's education classes

  • religious group meetings

  • staff meetings

  • civic and service group meetings

  • health fairs

If you are interested in having a DLC representative speak at your event, please contact us. Thank you.

VISION.

This volunteer-based coalition believes that working together with a common voice is the best way to reach the goal of increasing the donor registry, which will inevitably impact the number of transplants that give new life and hope to people suffering from fatal illness or life threatening injury.

MISSION.

Donate Life Connecticut is dedicated to the purpose of public education and awareness for all Connecticut residents concerning the lifesaving benefits of organ and tissue donation and increasing the number of registered donors.

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Connecticut Donation Statistics

Time Frame
Total Organs
Deceased Organs
Living Organs
2023
533
415
118
2022
193
116
77

You too can save lives. Register to be a donor today!

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