Donate Life Missouri Focuses on Registering 3 Million Donors by Summer 2012
Posted April 12, 2012 in News Category
Donor Day at the Missouri State Capitol on April 17th to raise awareness for eye, organ and tissue donation.
Jefferson City, Mo. (April 10, 2012) — Right now, there are 113,787 Americans, including 1,356 Missourians, waiting for life-saving organ transplants. Thousands more are preparing for life-enhancing cornea and tissue transplants. During National Donate Life Month this April, Donate Life Missouri (DLM) will raise awareness about the growing need for donors with a special “Donor Day at the Capitol” on Tuesday, April 17, 2012.
During this special event at the Missouri State Capitol, coordinated by the Governor’s Organ Donation Advisory Committee (GODAC) and DLM, Missouri organ procurement agencies, donor families, and transplant recipients will meet with state representatives to share the importance of encouraging Missouri residents to join the state’s first-person donor consent registry at www.donatelifemissouri.com.
The message is especially critical in 2012. Donate Life America (DLA) and its network of state teams have set a goal – “20 Million in 2012” – to register 20 million Americans by the end of year, saving the lives of thousands. To date, the DLM registry has 2,900,000 registered eye, tissue and organ donors and is working toward 3 million by summer 2012.
In addition, DLM will host a donor registry drive in the Capitol rotunda from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and at 1 p.m., will take part in DLA’s “Linking Hands for Life” campaign by joining hands around the rotunda to honor Missouri organ donors and the recipients they’ve saved with their generous gifts. Jefferson City residents, business owners and state employees are welcome to come by the Capitol to join DLM in its support of donation throughout the state of Missouri.
About Donate Life Missouri
Donate Life Missouri consists of Heartland Lions Eye Banks, Mid-America Transplant Services, Midwest Transplant Network, Missouri Kidney Program, the Missouri Department of Revenue and Gift of Life in Kansas City. Together, the team strives to encourage donor registry amongst Missourians to help meet the needs of Missourians who are in need of an organ or tissue transplant.