“Give to Live Day” will be held Friday, August 16in Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration offices in designated counties to promote organ and tissue donor awareness.
“Give to Live Day” will be held Friday, August 16in Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration offices in designated counties to promote organ and tissue donor awareness. Examiners in the DOR offices ask Arkansas residents to register to be organ and tissue donors when they are processing a driver's license or ID card throughout the year. These names are entered into the Donate Life Arkansas Registry at www.DonateLifeArkansas.org. Zola Burgess, community outreach coordinator, Mid-South Transplant Foundation and Event Coordinator said, “We continue to educate more people than ever on the importance of organ donation. Arkansans are signing up which is great as it's all about saving lives.” Mid-South Transplantation Foundation is the federally designated Organ Procurement Organization servicing six counties in Arkansas who will participate on that day. MSTF's mission is to improve the quality of lives through excellence in the process of organ and tissue donation and transplantation. The DOR offices in the following counties will be participating: Phillips, Lee, Crittenden, Cross, Mississippi and St. Francis. MSTF is providing each employee of each office a 'Give to Live' T-shirt to wear that day and a small gift to say 'thank you' to each patron who registers as an organ and tissue donor or shows they are already registered. There are currently more than 118,000 people waiting nationwide for a life saving transplant – 97 percent of registered donors sign up through the Arkansas DOR offices. Those who say 'Yes' receive an 'Organ Donor' on their license/permit/ID card. One person can donate up to 8 solid organs and enhance up to 50 lives with tissue donation. Life-saving organs include lungs, heart, liver, pancreas, kidneys, and intestines. Tissues include skin, bone, corneas, heart valves, tendons, ligaments, pericardium and veins. In 2012 in Arkansas there were 1,287,091 donor designations representing 58 percent of the state population that is 18 years of age or older. This exceeds the nationwide goal of 50 percent. Mid-South Transplant Foundation, Inc. is the not-for-profit, federally designated Organ Procurement Organization serving the 150-mile radius that surrounds the greater Memphis area. This includes parts of eastern Arkansas, northern Mississippi and western Tennessee. The website is www.midsouthtransplant.org. To register to be an organ and tissue donor visit www.DonateLifeArkansas.org.