Representatives Cookson and Baringer Facilitate Program to Increase Organ Donor Registration

Posted February 23, 2018 in News Category

Released by Rep. Donna M.C. Baringer’s office

imagesJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Through conversations, outreach and with the assistance of multiple nonprofit organizations, State Rep. Steve Cookson, R-Poplar Bluff, and State Rep. Donna Baringer, D-St. Louis City, were successful in facilitating the implementation of a program that would allow Missourians to register to be organ and tissue donors when purchasing a hunting or fishing license from the Missouri Department of Conservation.

“I’m glad I was able to bring this opportunity to our state by working in cooperation and finding public/private entities to work as a coalition,” Baringer said. “After I noticed other states already implemented this system, I wanted to ensure Missourians had the same ability. This is an efficient way to allow more citizens to sign up for organ donation.” 
“I urge all Missourians to donate the gift for the benefits of all Missourians and their families who are in need of life-saving medical procedures,” Cookson said. “Be a hero.” 
Representatives Cookson and Baringer would like to express their appreciation to the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services for their cooperation and assistance in solidifying more opportunities to save lives in Missouri. Representatives Baringer and Cookson would like to give special thanks to Mid America Transplant for their hard work and collaboration throughout this process.

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