State Leaders Encourage Mainers To Join Organ Donor List For National Donate Life Month

State leaders in Maine are advocating for more residents to join the organ donor registry, symbolized by the red heart on driver’s licenses and state IDs. This initiative aims to save lives by encouraging people to have conversations about organ donation. Charle Slaver Roosevelt, who lost her son Joey in 2016, shared how his decision to become an organ donor provided comfort and saved lives, inspiring her to promote organ donation awareness.

Currently, nearly 60% of Maine’s population, over 700,000 individuals, are registered as deceased organ donors. Efforts to increase this number include education in driver’s education classes and public awareness campaigns. In March alone, 15,174 Mainers joined the registry. Mike Snow, a resident seeking a kidney donation, underscores the importance of this awareness. The National Donate Life Living Donor Registry, launched in 2022, further supports these efforts by allowing individuals to register as living donors. More information on becoming an organ donor is available on the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles website.


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