published Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Tennessee troopers promoting organ, tissue donation

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Safety is promoting organ donation this month by sponsoring booths across the state encouraging signups.

The booths will be at more than 25 driver’s license service centers as part of the “Show Us Your Heart Tennessee” project.

Tennesseans can register to be an organ donor by checking “yes” when applying for or renewing a driver’s license. A small red heart is placed on a driver’s license to signify the holder as an organ donor.

Officials said 1.2 million Tennesseans are registered as organ donors, 28 percent of those with a driver’s license.

The project is part of a partnership with the Donate Life Tennessee organization, an organ and tissue donor registry.

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LIFESHARERS said...

Your story about Organ & Tissue Donation highlighted the tragic shortage of human organs for transplant operations.

Over half of the 100,000 Americans on the national transplant waiting list will die before they get a transplant. Most of these deaths are needless. Americans bury or cremate 20,000 transplantable organs every year.

There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage – give donated organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die.

Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. People who aren't willing to share the gift of life should go to the back of the waiting list as long as there is a shortage of organs.

Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at www.lifesharers.org or by calling 1-888-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition. LifeSharers has over 12,000 members at this writing, including 399 members in Tennessee.

Please contact me - Dave Undis, Executive Director of LifeSharers - if your readers would like to learn more about our innovative approach to increasing the number of organ donors. I can arrange interviews with some of our local members if you're interested. My email address is daveundis@lifesharers.org. My phone number is 615-351-8622.

June 5, 2009 at 11:41 a.m.
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