Liver recipient Tucker pushes for organ donors

Arkansas On Line | Andy Davis

PHOTO BY CARY JENKINS Former Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker is shown in this file photo.

Crediting a liver transplant with saving his life, former Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker spoke to state legislators on Tuesday in support of a program that would encourage more state employees to register as organ donors.

"All of us are going to die, but when our death comes, we can -- we have the opportunity -- to give life to others," Tucker said.

Under the Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency's Workplace Partnership program, Arkansas would take steps such as holding a donor registration drive or posting a link to an online donor registry on the state government's website, Stacy Robinson, a workplace partnership specialist at the organ recovery agency, told the state House and Senate public health committees during a joint meeting.

In return, she said, the state would get a plaque and recognition on the Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency's website. Continue reading