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Three Million Californians Say 'Yes!' to Organ and Tissue Donation
Date:4/30/2008

Thousands Saved and Healed by Registered Organ and Tissue Donors

SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Families of organ and tissue donors joined organ transplant recipients at the State Capitol on April 30 to formally thank lawmakers, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the three million Californians who have pledged to save and heal lives by signing up on the state-authorized Donate Life California Organ & Tissue Donor Registry.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, along with Assemblywoman Sharon Runner (R - Lancaster) joined fellow legislators, DMV representatives, and allied health professionals to officially commemorate April's DMV/Donate Life California Month.

"The benefits of organ and tissue donation are simply staggering," Governor Schwarzenegger said. "I am proud of the 3 million Californians who have signed up to be organ and tissue donors. Each person who becomes a donor can save the lives of eight people and dramatically improve the lives of 50 people. It truly is the gift of life."

The number of individuals who wait for a life saving transplant continues to increase on a daily basis. California has the highest proportion of people on the national organ transplant waiting list, with about 20 percent of the nearly 100,000 candidates awaiting a life-saving transplant.

"Californians have an extraordinary opportunity to help save lives and ensure their decision to do so is honored," Runner said. Runner authored Assembly Concurrent Resolution 125, a resolution recognizing April as DMV/Donate Life California Month to encourage Californians to sign up with the Donate Life California Registry.

"Each of us has the power to save up to eight lives as an organ donor and heal up to 50 others as a tissue donor by restoring sight, mobility, and healing burns," Runner added. "I strongly encourage every Californian to sign up with the registry."

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