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Sheriff Brad Pope’s Message of the Week ~ March 31, 2023

Donate Life Month is celebrated every April and is a time to bring awareness to the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation as well as donor registration. As a community, you have a unique opportunity to join the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office in helping those in need.

In honor of April’s National Donate Life Month, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office and several first responder agencies throughout the state have partnered with Nevada Donor Network to host a press conference announcing the “Silver State Heroes” campaign. This press conference will take place Monday, April 3 at 2 p.m. at the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.

This is the largest coordinated campaign involving 32 first responder agencies statewide to encourage the public to register to become organ, eye and tissue donors. The campaign includes a competition to see which agency can do the most outreach during Donate Life Month. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office is committed to spreading the word, registering donors, and saving lives!
Did you know?
• There are currently more than 100,000 on the national waiting list for a lifesaving organ, including more than 600 Nevadans.
• 17 people die every day waiting for their second chance and every 9 minutes another person is added to the national waiting list.
• One organ donor can save up to eight lives, one tissue donor can save or heal 75 or more people, and one cornea donor gives the gift of sight to two people.

• Kidneys are the most needed organ.

A very common remark when it comes to registering to be an organ, eye and tissue donor is, “I’m too old to donate.” No one should count themselves out as a potential donor (regardless of age or medical conditions). A medical evaluation at the time of someone’s passing will determine which organs and tissues may be suitable for transplantation. Why have you chosen to become a hero? If you haven’t made that decision, we encourage you to do so now.
Information on the Nevada Donor Network:

Nevada Donor Network is a 501c3 not-for-profit organ procurement organization also responsible for facilitating tissue and cornea donation statewide. They coordinate, recover and allocate lifesaving organs and healing tissues for transplantation and research on behalf of the heroic donors and courageous families. They provide education to hospital staff and community partners about donation and provide a strong network of support for the courageous donor families who save and heal lives through donation.

Thank you for taking the time to read this message of the week. These types of events are important to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, and the community. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office is working hard to solidify a true partnership with our community and the people we serve.


Sheriff Brad Pope