hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA

April 3, 2014

Organ bank remembers donors

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — The New England Organ Bank is commemorating those who have received or continue to wait for lifesaving transplants as well as the families of individuals who chose to be donors, in April, national Donate Life Month.

In 2013 over 640 lives were saved here in New England because of the generosity of individuals who became organ donors. Thousands more lives were enhanced through the gift of tissue donation. With the need for life-saving transplants growing every day — over 120,000 patients are now on the US transplant wait list — it is crucial to educate our communities about taking action to register as donors.

There are now 120 million registered donors in the United States; still, the number of people in need of transplants continues to rise. The solution to this problem is to continue educating the public about the lifesaving effects of donation and transplantation and encouraging them to sign up through their state donor registry. The vast majority of individuals in MA (99 percent) register to be an organ and tissue donor at the state Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV).

National Donate Life Month is an opportunity to continue education efforts, celebrate the lives saved and enhanced through donation and honor the donors who made the ultimate gift.

To register to be a donor or for more information visit www.DonateLifeNewEngland.org.