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Date:2/5/2010

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Although 85 percent of the commonwealth's residents support organ donation, and there is strong support from healthcare professionals and all organized religions, in Pennsylvania only about 45 percent of eligible individuals have placed the organ donor designation on their driver's license or state identification card. Fewer still have discussed the issue with their families.

Howard M. Nathan and Susan Stuart, the presidents and CEO's of Pennsylvania's two organ procurement organizations -- Gift of Life in Philadelphia and CORE (Center for Organ Recovery and Education in Pittsburgh), respectively -- know that education and awareness are essential to encouraging people to sign up to be donors.

"There are more than 6,000 men, women and children in our region who are waiting for a life-saving transplant," said Nathan. "We offer a wide variety of educational resources and tools for businesses, schools, colleges and universities, churches and synagogues, to help them increase awareness about the critical need for life-saving organs and tissues for transplant." 

Stuart added, "There are many faces of donation. Some are the faces of people waiting for a life-saving
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