Iowa Donor Network brings awareness to organ donation


NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) – There’s 120,000 people on the organ transplant list in the United States, and 600 of those are Iowans.

Iowa Donor Network celebrates April as Donate Life Month. It’s a time to bring awareness to that number, and talk about ways to reduce it to zero.

“We’re just trying to get people to do two things. One find out about what it means to be a donor, educate themselves or learn from us about the process of donation, and then two hopefully go out and register if they’re not already a registered donor in Iowa,” Public Outreach Manager Tony Hakes said.

He said it’s simple to register. People can mark “yes” when they renew their driver’s license, or go to the Iowa Donor Network website and register online. Donors should also make sure their family knows and understands their wishes.

“We do about 250 transplants a year in Iowa, so that’s 250 lives that have been saved. A lot of these people have been so sick sometimes their entire lives,” Hakes said. Continue reading VIDEO
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