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

sue donors saved or healed more than 3,000 lives in 2007. Anyone can sign up on the Donate Life California Registry, and unlike blood donation, there are few automatic rule-outs.

"We are pleased that in the last year, the Donate Life California Registry has shown its value as a tool to save and heal lives," Bryan Stewart, President of Donate Life California, said. "With one million designated donors signing up every eight months, the life-saving impact of the registry is on an upward trajectory."

The success of the Donate Life California Registry owes much to its partnership with the Department of Motor Vehicles. "Today we celebrate three million Californians who have signed up to become organ and tissue donors," DMV Director George Valverde said. "Those 'pink dots' are more than mere symbols; they have taken on the power of advanced directives for organ and tissue donation for any California motorist who proudly chooses to display them."

The vast majority of the registry's three million designated donors have signed up since the DMV began enrolling designated donors in July 2006. Due to the five year license renewal cycle, two-thirds of California drivers have not yet had the opportunity to check 'yes' when they renew their license, and state lawmakers urge individuals to do so.

In all cases in which an eligible donor has not registered with Donate Life California, the donation decision falls on families, who consent to donation in about 60% of cases. When families are unsure of what their loved one wanted, after sometimes anguishing deliberation, they often decline to donate. Thus, documenting one's decision on the registry is a gift both to one's family and to potential recipients.

"The registry's core promise - to save lives by ensuring individuals' wishes to donate are honored - is accomplishing its life-saving mission," Stewart said.

Donate Life California is a nonprofit, state-authorized organ and tissue d
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