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New Milestone in California and National Organ Donations

Aired 10/11/11 on KPBS News.

Supporters of organ and tissue donation in California are celebrating a national milestone and have set a new goal.

Supporters of organ and tissue donation in California are celebrating a national milestone and have set a new goal.

Donate Life America” stated there are now one hundred million registered organ, eye and tissue donors in the United States. California has the most registered donors, with just over eight-point-six million.

Kyla Aquino is a two-time kidney recipient and spoke at an event Tuesday at DMV headquarters in Sacramento.

“I think it would help if community leaders were more involved,” said Aquino. “I know that’s usually the best way for me to get ears opened and eyes opened when it comes to this topic. No one wants to talk about death but it’s nice to talk about being a hero and saving lives.”

The one hundred million goal was set by donation and transplant groups in 2006. Now, national groups have set another goal to sign up twenty million new donors by the end of next year.

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LIFESHARERS | October 12, 2011 at 9:31 a.m. ― 5 years, 5 months ago

Your story about Organ Donation highlighted the tragic shortage of human organs for transplant operations.

There are now over 112,000 people on the National Transplant Waiting List, with over 50% of these people dying before they get a transplant. Most of these deaths are needless. Americans bury or cremate 20,000 transplantable organs every year.

There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage – give donated organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die.

Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. Everyone who is willing to receive should be willing to give.

Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at or by calling
1-888-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition. LifeSharers has over 14,700 members as of this writing, including 1771 members in California.

Please contact me - Dave Undis, Executive Director of LifeSharers - if your listeners would like to learn more about our innovative approach to increasing the number of organ donors. I can arrange interviews with some of our local members if you're interested. My email address is My phone number is 615-351-8622.

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