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April is 'National Donate Life Month'; Register to Become a Donor Today
HARRISBURG, Pa., March 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- This Sunday is April Fools' Day, and the state's two organ procurement organizations – Gift of Life Donor Program and the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) – are imploring Pennsylvanians who are not yet registered organ and tissue donors to disregard the common myths associated with organ and tissue donation. According to a recent survey, one in four Pennsylvanians who are not currently organ and tissue donors believe if they were ever seriously injured, doctors would not try to save their life – and have not become a donor for that reason.
"April Fools' Day is a day when we try to convince our friends or family to believe absurd things," said Susan Stuart, President & CEO of CORE. "There is nothing more unbelievable as the notion that emergency personnel won't try to save your life just because you're a registered organ and tissue donor. Yet that myth, along with others, such as famous people receiving preferential treatment, has real consequences. Too many people die waiting for organs. There are 8,000 people in Pennsylvania waiting for an organ transplant yet only 45-percent of the state's licensed drivers have registered as donors. Please don't be fooled by the myths. Take time to learn about organ and tissue donation and register today."