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State reaches milestone mark for organ donors

State reaches milestone mark for organ donors

The Press 12/23

Nashville – The number of registered organ and tissue donors in Tennessee has reached the 1.5 million mark, it was announced last week by the Donate Life Tennessee Organ & Tissue Donor Registry and the Tennessee Department of Safety (TDOS). The number of registered donors is especially important in the face of the need for donated organs in Tennessee. Of the more than 109,000 patients currently registered on the national organ transplant waiting list, over 2,400 are in Tennessee.  

Although Donate Life Tennessee has steadily increased the number of registered donors at a rate of 14 percent per year, a relatively low percentage of Tennesseans choose to do so. In 2010, only 33 percent of TDOS customers applying for or renewing their drivers’ licenses and ID cards checked ‘Yes’ on their forms to register as donors, ranking in the bottom third in the nation. In addition, of the 4 million adults in Tennessee, only 27 percent have signed up to be organ and tissue donors. The goal is to have 50 percent of licensed drivers in Tennessee as registered donors. Tennesseans can register to be a donor at any TDOS Driver License Center or with Donate Life Tennessee at For those who have previously registered as a donor through TDOS, Donate Life Tennessee will help them fulfill their desire to donate by adding them to the Tennessee Organ and Tissue Donor Registry.   

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