Source: Sierra Sun


TRUCKEE, Calif. — Donate Life California and the California Department of Motor Vehicles announced the state reached the highest enrollment of a donor registry in the US with six million registrants, Nevada and El Dorado Counties are leaders in California with 33 percent of its population signing up on the registry.

Locals in Nevada County celebrated at the Truckee Department of Motor Vehicles. On hand to mark the announcement were Donate Life Ambassador Tom Hobday, Mayor Carolyn Wallace Dee and DMV Manager Verdella Anthony. Mayor Dee presented a proclamation to Anthony declaring April, 2010 as Donate Life Month. The proclamation will reside permanently at the Truckee DMV.

“I am so very proud of our own DMV office ranking ninth out of 166 DMV offices in the state for highest percentage of signups on this lifesaving registry,” Mayor Dee said. “This once again proves what a selfless and caring community we have here in Truckee. Our town has once again embraced a very important cause.”

Truckee DMV Manager Verdella Anthony shared the excitement with her staff when they learned their office is a leader in signing up the highest percentage of clients on the registry. “Our staff is firmly committed to this program, as well as to learning the facts so we can help dispel the many myths that abound about becoming a donor. It's an honor for us to play a part of saving lives,” said Anthony.

“Each of us has the power to save up to eight lives as an organ donor and heal up to 50 others as a tissue donor. I strongly encourage every Californian to sign up with the registry,” says Truckee resident and Ambassador to the program Tom Hobday. “We encourage Californians to check ‘Yes' to be a donor every time they renew their license or you can sign up by visiting the website:”;

Since the Donate Life California Registry was introduced in April 2005, more than 900 lives have been saved in the state through organ donation and up to 30,000 more have been healed through tissue donation from donors who had signed up on the registry.

Donate Life California is the nonprofit, state-authorized organ and tissue donor registry which records the decision to donate in a secure, confidential database that is searched by authorized organ and tissue recovery personnel at the time of an actual donation opportunity. Approximately 15 percent of organ and tissue donors recovered statewide are now authorized by a document of gift through the Donate Life California Registry.

As of Jan. 11, more than 16 percent of the state's residents have registered as organ and/or tissue donors, joining the more than 87 million Americans who have registered nationwide. The Donate Life California Registry continues to grow rapidly, adding 30,000 donors each week through the DMV's driver license and ID card application and renewal process, which accounts for 98 percent of registrations. This pace of growth is projected to continue through July 2011, when the registry completes its first five-year DMV renewal cycle.

“We know that the generosity of Californians knows no bounds, and over the next 18 months, the DMV will continue to assist customers as they register as donors for the first time,” said DMV Director George Valverde. “Our future goal is for California to register half of its licensed drivers as donors.”

The registry's future growth faces obstacles, the most immediate being many Californians mistakenly believe they are registered as donors if they have an outdated donor sticker on their license. The only way to register and ensure one's wishes to donate are honored is by signing up through the Donate Life California website or by checking ‘Yes' on the DMV application form.

While Californians are still growing accustomed to the idea of registering as a donor, it is notable that in 2008, in organ donation cases where the potential donor is not registered, 68 percent of families presented with the opportunity to donate chose to save lives through donation.

Donate Life California is a nonprofit, state-authorized organ and tissue donor registry, administered by California's four nonprofit, federally designated organ recovery organizations, each responsible for facilitating the donation process in the state: California Transplant Donor Network, Golden State Donor Services, Lifesharing and OneLegacy.

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