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Transplant Expo Launches in Boston to Educate About Miracle of Transplantation and Address Organ Donor Shortage
Date:5/26/2009

DEERFIELD, Ill., May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- In Massachusetts alone, nearly 3,000 people are on the waiting list for lifesaving organ transplants and the number continues to grow. Meanwhile, only 41 percent of licensed drivers in Massachusetts are registered donors, ranking the state 32nd in the country for the percentage of licensed drivers registered, according to the 2009 National Donor Designation Report Card issued by Donate Life America.

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Also, a recent survey conducted by Donate Life America, with support from Astellas Pharma US, Inc. (Astellas), found that people in Massachusetts were significantly more likely than all adults nationwide to have not signed up because they "don't have time" or "haven't gotten around to it" (22 percent versus 7 percent nationwide). Donate Life New England is launching an online registry this spring in an effort to simplify the registration process.

"There is an organ availability crisis taking place in Massachusetts and around the country," said David Fleming, Executive Director, Donate Life America. "It is important for the donation and transplant community to continue to educate people about how to register and drive people to take that action."

Transplant Expo and Making Strides Run/Walk Aim to Inspire and Incite Action

Saturday, May 30, through Monday, June 1, the Transplant Expo, hosted by Astellas, will visit The Shops at Prudential Center, Belvidere Arcade, 800 Boylston Street. The Expo provides an intimate look at the wonders of transplantation and the dedicated heroes who help make it possible, as well as explores the art and science of transplantation, the history of transplantation and inspirational stories of heroic donors. Volunte
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