According to Donate Life Texas, there are more than 96,000 people across America awaiting an organ or tissue transplant. 7,000 of these people are Texans. There’s an urgent need for organ and tissue donors, as an average of 17 people die each day waiting for transplants. In Texas alone, over 500 people died last year while awaiting a transplant.
How can you become a donor? You can register with the Glenda Dawson Donate Life Texas registry. It’s the official organ donor registry for the state of Texas, and there are two ways to sign up. The first is to register at your local DPS office when you renew your driver’s license. The second is to register directly at www.DonateLifeTexas.org.
After you register, you’ll want to talk to your estate planning attorney about making sure that your status as a donor is noted in your Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare and your Living Will. You’ll also want to talk to your family members and let them know you’ve chosen to become an organ donor.