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Thousands of lives depend on receiving organ and tissue transplants, but there is a severe shortage of donated organs. There are currently over 100,000 children and adults in the U.S. on the organ transplant list. There are over 16,000 Americans on the waiting list for a liver transplant, including nearly 3,500 in California.
Every year thousands of people die while waiting for a liver to become available. While the American Liver Foundation continues to promote organ donor awareness, we must also face the likelihood that the organ supply is unlikely to increase sufficiently to meet the anticipated doubling in need for liver transplants over the next decade. For this reason, we strongly support increased federal funding of fundamental research into the underlying mechanisms that lead to end-stage liver disease, and the development of improved medical treatments for these diseases.
Organ and tissue donation is an important decision and one that should be considered carefully. When life for you or a loved one has ceased, you can still give the “Gift of Life” to others. Each person has the potential to save up to eight lives through organ donation and touch up to 50 others through tissue donation. Make the decision and inform your family of your wish to be an organ donor.
To become a registered organ donor, please visit www.donatelifecalifornia.org and follow the instructions to complete the Registry sign-up. As of July 1, 2006, the DMV also provides the opportunity for the public to sign-up with Donate Life California when applying for or renewing a driver’s license or ID. Either way, through online registration or through the DMV, your consent to be a donor is registered with Donate Life California Registry, assuring that your wish to save lives will be honored.
Your “gift of life” can save up to eight lives through organ donation and enhance another 50 lives through tissue donation. The Donate Life California Registry is an online registry for those who would like to consent to be an organ donor and give the “gift of life” to others. The Nevada Donor Network provides registry paperwork (available by download) where you can specify which organs and tissues you would like to donate.
The Donate Life California Registry (www.donatelifecalifornia.org) is an online registry for those who would like to consent to be an organ donor and give the “gift of life” to others. This registry makes it easier than ever before to express your commitment to being an organ donor. Donate Life California is a confidential registry for Californians over the age of 18 and is administered by California's four nonprofit organ procurement organizations (OPOs):
In California, prior to 2004, there was no registry available for those who wished to be an organ donor. In the past, when someone placed the pink dot on their license it served as an important symbol of their intent to donate, but did not place them on a formal list or donor registry. As of July 1, 2006, individuals who renew or apply for a driver's license or California ID with the DMV can register their decision to be a donor with the Donate Life California Registry, and the pink dot “donor” symbol will be pre-printed on the applicant's driver license or ID card.
Register your consent to be an organ donor at www.donatelifecalifornia.org or at your local DMV and your wish to be an organ donor will be registered with Donate Life California Registry, assuring that your wish to save lives will be honored.
To register your wish to donate your organs in the state of Nevada, you can complete the Nevada Donor Registration Form (click here) and mail it or fax it back to the Nevada Donor Network. On this registry form, you can choose to donate all organs and all tissues, or specify which organs and tissues you would like to donate. Tissues include corneas, bone, skin, heart valves, tendons, blood and blood vessels.
One of the best ways to communicate your wish to donate your organs is to speak to your family. Nevada is a first person consent state, so family permission is not necessary for registered donors. Please speak to your family about becoming a donor and give the "gift of life”.