Humason supports drive to up Massachusetts drivers' organ donations
WESTFIELD On April 26, State Rep. Donald F. Humason, Jr. attended Donate Life Day at the State House to help encourage organ and tissue donation in the Commonwealth.
The event highlighted the organ donation effort in Massachusetts including the online registry at the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) Web site where drivers can easily elect to register as organ donors. Currently, 99 percent of organ donors register through the RMV and the new system is generating many new donors.
"I am proud to be a registered organ donor," Humason said. "I would hope that everyone would consider registering to be an organ donor."
Humason joined many state leaders at the event to encourage State House staff and visitors to become organ and tissue donors. The event was hosted by Donate Life New England at the bottom of the Grand Staircase.
Gov. Deval Patrick issued a proclamation declaring April as Donate Life Month in Massachusetts.He stated Massachusetts' goal of registering 50 percent of our driving population as donors through the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Currently, there are more than 110,000 Americans and more than 2,900 Massachusetts residents waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Last year, 218 Massachusetts patients died waiting for one of these transplants.
During the past year, the lives of more than 240 New Englanders were saved because individuals registered as organ donors on their state driver's license or online through the Donate Life New England registry. In addition, the lives of 25,000 in this region were enhanced by tissue donations from registered tissue donors.
The 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, please visit www.donatelifenewengland.org