Why organ donation is so important

Today marks National Blue - Green Day in honor and in support of organ donation.

The province says there are now 27 Islanders waiting for an organ transplant.

The 15 th Anniversary celebration will also include special guests appearances, 2006 World Series MVP and former Anaheim Angels Shortstop, David Eckstein, a donor advocate who participated in the first Run/Walk; and American Idol Alum and organ recipient, Scott MacIntyre, who will debut his new song's video, "Hope is Rising", featuring footage from the Donate Life Run/Walk. The initiative, backed by Mayor Ed Lee and implemented by the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) and the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), will be announced at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital on April 21st during National Donate Life Month. DMV encourages anyone who hasn't already done so to sign up to be an organ and tissue donor.

New England Donor Services is an affiliation of two federally designated Organ Procurement Organizations: LifeChoice Donor Services and New England Organ Bank.

Organ donation is something that is very important to the Secretary of State's office.

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SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher said, "In our state alone, there are almost 10,000 New Yorkers now waiting for an organ transplant, and the need grows every day". The tragic loss of one person's life literally saved many others. "That they're able to think about their loved ones still carrying on in life and still helping other people".

"Organ donation is a true grassroots movement and that takes time to build up", Byfield said.

She said the choice of organ donation was simple.

69% of Coloradans are on the donor registry.

There are 22,000 awaiting a life-saving transplant in California, of which 7,800 wait at one of three San Francisco Transplant Centers. Most health conditions do not prevent donation and age is not a factor.

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