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Illinoisans Called Upon to Register as Organ & Tissue Donors in Final Push to Reach Campaign Registration Goal
Date:4/1/2008

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As part of the Drive, Bosch will be visiting media outlets in cities throughout the state to address popular myths and misconceptions pertaining to age, health, race, religion and wealth that often prevent people from registering.

Another major component of the Drive will involve members of Donate Life Illinois driving to college campuses throughout Illinois and joining participating student groups in hosting campus and community registration drives.

Schools with participating student groups include: Augustana College, Bradley University, College of DuPage, DePaul University, Eastern Illinois University, Illinois Wesleyan University, Knox College, Loyola University, Midwestern University, North Central College, North Park University, Northern Illinois University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Western Illinois University.

In conjunction with their campaign efforts, Donate Life Illinois is also running advertisements on the CTA highlighting the fact that it only takes 30 seconds to register online and help save lives. The ads feature donor recipients and supporters who have registered their decision to become lifesaving donors.

More than 300 patients at Illinois' eight transplant centers die each year waiting for organ donations. Illinois established its new "first person consent" donor registry Jan. 1, 2006, to help save more of those lives by ensuring that a person's end-of-life wish to donate is honored and cannot be overridden at the time of death.

Under Illinois' previous "donor intent" registry, additional consent was required from family members or other legal authority for donation to take place. Potential donors' wishes were overridden nearly 20% of the time-had those wishes been carried out, more than 100 lifesaving organ transplants could have taken place each year.

Signing the back of your license no longer makes you a donor in Illinois. Illinoisans need to join
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