Important Information About Organ Donation
Think About Organ Donation and Talk with Your Family
“The decision to become an organ donor is a personal one. Once it is made, however, it is very important to communicate your decision with your family and friends.”
Matthew Dunlap, Secretary of State
Discuss Your Decision
Organ donation is one of the most generous gifts an individual can provide or receive. Those wanting to provide this gift are encouraged to discuss their wishes with their family and friends to ensure their decision is carried out. Although organ donation has increased in recent years, there is still a great need for organ and tissue donation. Nationally, there are over 101,000 people who are on a waiting list for organ and tissue donation. Each year approximately 6,800 people die while waiting for a transplant.
Express Your Intent
You may express your intent to be an organ donor on your driver's license or State identification card. When you receive a new credential your intent will be clearly indicated on the front of the credential with a “red heart” and the words “organ donor”. You may declare your intent to be an organ donor at any time and you may obtain a replacement license or identification card to reflect the change. Please note, however, you do not need to obtain a replacement credential in order to have your name added to the organ donor registry.
For more information on Organ and Tissue Donation please contact:
New England Organ Bank
National Kidney Foundation of Maine
Maine Transplant Program