Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray and MassDOT Registrar Rachel Kaprielian have teamed up in an effort to encourage more Massachusetts residents to register as organ and tissue donors on their driver’s licenses.
Lieutenant Governor Murray issued a proclamation designating April as Donate Life Month in Massachusetts.
Last year alone, the donor symbol on Massachusetts licenses saved the lives of over 140 patients awaiting a life saving organ transplant. Massachusetts drivers can register as organ donors on their driver’s license or online through the Donate Life New England registry.
About 99 percent of all Massachusetts residents who designate themselves as organ and tissue donors do so through the Registry of Motor Vehicles at RMV branches and on its website – www.mass.gov/rmv
Registering as a donor can save the life of someone desperately in need of a transplant. More than 110,000 Americans, including about 3,000 Massachusetts residents, are awaiting a life-saving organ transplant that may not come in time.
In 2009, the RMV became the first state agency in New England to create an on-line application to allow an individual to register to be a donor.
New England Organ Bank is the federally-designated, non-profit procurement organization responsible for the surgical recovery of organs and tissues for transplant throughout the New England region.
Donate Life New England is a joint project of two federally designated organ procurement organizations that serve New England – LifeChoice Donor Services and New England Organ Bank. They have come together to create a fast and easy way for citizens of New England to register as organ and tissue donors in a secure and confidential manner. For more information, visit www.donatelifenewengland.org.