Apr 14, 2016 10:44 AM

Donate life award celebrated at NH Statehouse

CONCORD — In 2015 alone, 719 New Hampshire lives were saved thanks to organ donation.

On Thursday at 1 p.m., Governor Maggie Hassan will be celebrating and and announcing that April is Donate Life Month in New Hampshire.

She will be joined with a man who is alive today because someone said 'yes' to organ donation because someone checked the box when renewing their license at the NH DMV, as well as Director Elizabeth Bielecki, DMV staff, New England Organ Bank, and other individuals that were touched by organ donation.

New England Organ Bank will also present the Governor with the Donate Life Award recognizing her great support for organ and tissue donation in New Hampshire.

They will be celebrating organ and tissue donation and announcing that April is Donate Life Month in New Hampshire to encourage citizens to register as organ and tissue donors.

There are currently over 121,000 patients on the US transplant list, therefore, it is crucial to educate the New Hampshire community about registering as a donor.

The celebration commemorates those who have received or continue to wait for lifesaving transplants as well as the families of individuals who chose to be donors.

The state plays an important role in the donation process as the vast majority of individuals in New Hampshire (99%) who register as an organ and tissue donor do so at the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

New England Organ Bank is the federally-designated, non-profit Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) responsible for the surgical recovery of organs and tissues for transplant throughout New Hampshire and the New England region.

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