This article points out that the rate of deceased donation in Texas is relatively flat and that the Donate Life Texas Registry only has about 300,000 people signed up. You can help change that by encouraging everyone to go to http://budurl.com/donatelife and register to be an organ donor.
There is a critical shortage of organs, tissues and eyes available for donation. There are more than 100,000 patients in the United States awaiting transplantation—more than 8,000 are Texans.
Every 13 minutes, a new name is added to the national transplant waiting list. Every day, 18 people die waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.
The Glenda Dawson Donate Life – Texas Registry is the official state organ, tissue and eye donor registry.
Historically, while signing a donor card and placing the “donor” sticker on your driver license served as an important symbol of your intent, it did not place you on any official list or registry.
In 2005, Texas joined 40 other states in the country by creating its own state donor registry.
Registering to become an organ, tissue and eye donor helps ensure your wishes will be carried out after you die.
You have the power to donate life. Sign up today to become an organ, tissue and eye donor. Your generosity can save up to eight lives through organ donation and enhance another 50 through tissue donation.
Donate Life Day is held each year the Texas legislature convenes and is sponsored by Texas Transplantation Society (TTS). The 2009 Donate Life Day event will be held March 26, and is co-sponsored by Texas Organ Sharing Alliance.
TTS is a non-profit professional association for physicians, nurses, lab professionals, and others who work in the field of organ transplantation or who support donation ad transplantation. You may reach TTS at: PO Box 202194, Austin, TX 78720. Phone 512-961-6268. www.transplanttexas.org
For 2009, TTS acknowledges with grateful appreciation the support of Astellas Pharmaceuticals.