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PennDOT Highlights New Organ Donation Initiative for National Donor Day
February 21, 2013
As part of today’s recognition as National Donor Day, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced a new initiative at several driver’s license centers across Pennsylvania educating Pennsylvanians on organ and tissue donation.
Video monitors are installed or being installed at 20 driver’s license centers featuring a video with the facts and benefits of organ and tissue donation. The video was produced by Donate Life-Pennsylvania, a partnership of PennDOT and the state Department of Health.
“More than four million Pennsylvanians are already signed up for organ and tissue donation, but that is only forty-five percent of all driver’s license and ID card holders,” PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. “If we can increase the number of registered donors, we can increase the odds of someone receiving a life-saving transplant.”
The video also addresses common myths and misconceptions about organ and tissue donation that often prevent people from registering as donors.
Pennsylvanians can register to become an organ and tissue donor by saying “yes” when renewing their driver’s license or state identification card at any PennDOT driver’s license and photo center, or by visiting www.donatelife-pa.org. There is no fee to place the organ donor designation on your driver’s license or photo ID.
More than 8,300 of the 116,000 Americans awaiting life-saving organ transplants reside in Pennsylvania. However, the number of donors is not keeping pace with the ever-growing list of people who need organ and tissue transplants.
For more information on organ donation, visit www.donatelife-pa.org.