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Register to be a Donor
There is a severe organ shortage in the United States. Despite continuing efforts at public education, misconceptions and inaccuracies about donation persist. It’s a tragedy if even one person decides against donation because they don’t know the facts.
More than 120,000 people are on the national organ waiting list. Your decision to be an organ donor can save as many as eight lives, and directly improve the lives of up to 50 people through tissue donation.
Organ and tissue transplants offer people a new chance at healthy, productive, normal lives. They can return to their families, friends and communities – all because an unknown hero gave the gift of life.
You have the power to give life. Be an organ, eye and tissue donor. Join the registry today at donatelifekansas.com or donatelifemissouri.com. You can also register by completing a form if you are a resident of the State of Kansas (Forma Española aquí) or the State of Missouri (Forma Española aquí).
What is the First Person Authorization State Donor Registry?
A documented decision to donate has been legally binding since 1968 in Kansas and Missouri – in the form of a signed donor card or back of the driver’s license, driver’s license bearing the donor symbol on the front, joining the national donor registry or a legal will. What is new is that the state donor registry is now a documented decision to donate and is legally binding. First-person authorization registries uphold an individual’s right to make his or her decision regarding organ and tissue donation, and no one else may overturn or bar another individual’s decision.
In 2011, there were 8,127 deceased organ donors and 6,017 living organ donors, resulting in 28,535 organ transplants.