Governor LePage Proclaims April, 2014 as Donate Life Month

April 1, 2014

WHEREAS, there are more than 120,000 Americans, with over 5,000 in New England, currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant; and WHEREAS, there are over one million life-enhancing tissue transplants each year that are made possible by the generous donation of corneas, bone, skin and other tissue; and WHEREAS, we can all help save up to 8 people’s lives and benefit up to 50 recipients by signing up to become an organ and tissue donor by enrolling in the Maine Donor Registry when we apply for, or renew, our drivers licenses or by registering on-line at www.DonateLifeNewEngland.org; and WHEREAS, 99% of all people in Maine who register to become a donor do so at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, it is fitting that Maine join in the national goal of signing up 50% of our driving population to become donors and is dedicated to making it fast and easy to sign up to save a life through our Bureau of Motor Vehicles; and WHEREAS, this observance pays tribute to organ and tissue donors and their families whose decision to Donate Life enables others to receive life-saving organs and tissues for transplant. NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAUL R. LEPAGE, Governor of the State of Maine, do hereby recognize April, 2014 as DONATE LIFE MONTH throughout the State of Maine, and urge all citizens to recognize this observance.

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