LOS ANGELES, Calif.–In an effort to get more Angelenos to register as organ donors, the Board of Supervisors today proclaimed April as “DMV-Donate Life California Month.”
The move was prompted by Supervisor Don Knabe, who said that a single organ donor can save up to eight lives and tissue donors can heal up to 50 other people.
“Making the noble decision to donate can be difficult, but there is no greater expression of compassion than making the life-giving act of organ and tissue donation,” Knabe said.
“Giving the gift of life provides a measure of comfort to a bereaved family. I encourage everyone in Los Angeles County to consider signing up for the Donate Life California registry.”
Nearly 100,000 people in the U.S. and more than 20,000 in California are on the national organ transplant wait list, according to Donate Life America, which said that someone waiting for a organ dies about every 90 minutes.
Those who want to donate their organs can visit www.donatelifecalifornia.org or sign up with the registry when they apply for or renew their driver’s license or ID card.