Illinois Secretary of State Encourages People To Become Organ Donors
April is National Donate Life Month, and all month long, Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse White, has been encouraging Illinois residents to become organ donors. It's simple, and by signing up, you could save many lives even after your life has ended.
Becoming an organ and tissue donor could save countless lives. With April being National Donate Life Month, Jesse White who is the Illinois Secretary of State wants to encourage residents of Illinois to become organ and tissue donors. It's simple to become and organ and tissue donor in Illinois and you could save many lives by doing so.
I spoke with Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White recently about Illinois residents becoming organ and tissue donors. Secretary White told me.
"When people sign up to become organ and tissue donors, they are giving the gift of hope. If someone passes and is an organ and tissue donor, their organs can save up to 25 lives. That's the definition of being a good citizen."
Right now, there are 7.1 million Illinois residents who are registered organ and tissue donors. There are roughly 175 thousand students and teens under 18-years-old who are also registered organ and tissue donors.
To help encourage people to signup to become organ and tissue donors, many people who have had to use a donor have shared their incredible stories. One of those stories is of former White Sox pitcher and announcer Ed Farmer. Farmer needed a kidney transplant and his brother became a donor for him. Ed went on to live 30 more years. Listen to his story below.
It's incredibly easy to become an organ and tissue donor today, and you don't need to go to the DMV to do so. For those that aren't registered tissues donors can visit LifeGoesOn.com to register now. Residents of Illinois can also call 1-800-210-2106 and let the operator know that your want to become an organ and tissue donor.