By BETH PARKER/myfoxdc
WASHINGTON, D.C. - If you have a little red heart on your driver's license, it means you're an organ donor. April is National Donate Life month. Advocates for organ donation are turning to new tools to try and boost the number of donors, and if anyone can convince you, it's the people you'll meet online.
Four-year-old Kenzie Clifford never had a chance to meet her big sister. Kylie Clifford died of SIDS when she was just three months old. Her parents got the call asking if they would donate Kylie's organs.
"We didn't hesitate. We just looked at each other and we said, 'How can we not? How can we not give another family an opportunity to be with their baby? There is nothing we can do. We cannot get her back,'" said Kat Clifford.
But the decision is not as straightforward for some people.
"Over 106,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant in the United States and 18 of them die every day because of lack of organs available for transplant. The number of people-- especially in this area-- who are registered to be donors is so low," said John Ogden of the Washington Regional Transplant Community.
The percentage of people registered as organ donors in Virginia is almost twice as great as it is right across the river in D.C. But now there's a new campaign designed to change that and boost organ donation all over the country.
WRTC has launched a 30-day video campaign on YouTube . They are stories of organ donors and recipients.
Bobbie Leahey's is one of those stories. Leahey received a kidney transplant in 2006. She's still friends with her donor's husband.
"I knew that I'd been given the gift of life because I felt so good. You really have a special feeling with transplant and you appreciate things that you didn't appreciate before, that you took for granted, so I'm blessed," said Leahey.