Governor LePage Proclaims December 3, 2018 Organ Donor Awareness Day
December 3, 2018
WHEREAS, nearly 124,000 men, women and children were on the organ transplant waiting list as of November 2015; and
WHEREAS, donation and transplantation save lives, but the need for organs far exceeds the number donated; and
WHEREAS, in Maine, 98 men, women and children are on the waiting list for kidney and pancreas transplants as of November 23, 2012; and
WHEREAS, in New England, more than 4,800 men, women and children were on the organ transplant waiting list as of November 23, 2012; and
WHEREAS, more than 44,000 blood donors are needed each day in our nation, and thousands of Americans need corneal, other tissue transplants and marrow; and
WHEREAS, those who donate organs, tissue, marrow and blood are life savers and life enhancers who share gifts beyond measure.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAUL R. LEPAGE, Governor of the State of Maine, do hereby proclaim December 3, 2018 as the ORGAN DONOR AWARENESS DAY throughout the State of Maine, and urge all citizens to recognize this observance.
In testimony whereof, I have caused the Great Seal of the State to be hereunto affixed GIVEN under my hand at Augusta this first day of December Two-Thousand Eighteen
Paul R. LePage