Shared by IRPO–Donate Life Milestone

RALEIGH – The following is from last week at the N.C. Department of Transportation.

Donate Life NC Milestone

Are you familiar with the question “Would you like to join the organ donor list?” when speaking with a DMV examiner at a North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles office? If you responded with a yes during that visit, then you’re part of the 54 percent of North Carolinians who have registered as organ donors, which is indicated by a small red heart on one’s driver’s license.

Currently, more than 116,000 Americans and nearly 3,000 North Carolinians are waiting for lifesaving organ transplants. However, as a result of efforts between the NCDMV and Donate Life North Carolina, the state now has the sixth largest organ donor registry in the country.

This week, the milestone of 5 million registered organ donors was celebrated at the State Capitol in Raleigh.

“It’s a matter of life and death. Without Donate Life and without the help of the NCDMV to push all of that along, to help get people signed up, some of us could very likely not be here,” said Josh Holmes, an NCDMV examiner and heart transplant recipient.

To join the donor registry, visit your local NCDMV office or go to donatelifenc.org.