National Donate Life Month kicks off, Illinois teens register as organ donors

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White.
April is National Donate Life Month and Monday the state kicked off its campaign to promote organ and tissue donation.

Becoming an organ donor is as simple as signing the back of a driver's license or ID card.

Illinois law recently changed to allow 16- and 17-year-olds register to donate organs, eyes and tissue.

Illinois state officials say more than 11,500 16- and 17-year-olds have become organ donors since a state law took effect in January allowing them to register.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White on Monday unveiled a new advertising campaign highlighting the law. His office says more than 6.4 million people are registered to become organ and tissue donors in Illinois. About 4,700 people are on the waiting list and about 300 people die annually waiting for organ transplants.

The digital, television and radio ad campaign will run in English and Spanish statewide throughout April. It also will be played on more than 400 movie screens in Illinois. Continue reading

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