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Thursday, March 28, 2019
Contact: Kristen Muszynski
Secretary Dunlap to recognize Donate Life Month during ceremony Wednesday
AUGUSTA – Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap will join the families of organ donors and transplant recipients at the Maine State House Wednesday to celebrate the life-saving opportunities of organ and tissue donation.
The Donate Life gathering, to take place in the Maine State House Hall of Flags on Wednesday, April 3 at 11:30 a.m., commemorates those who have received or continue to wait for lifesaving transplants, as well as the families of individuals who chose to be donors.
Secretary Dunlap will speak about the role of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, which provides Mainers the opportunity to sign up as organ donors through their driver’s license. The BMV plays an important role in the donation process, since 99 percent of those who register as an organ and tissue donor do so while conducting business through the bureau, in person or online.
Additional featured speakers on Wednesday include State Representative Allison Hepler and Matt Boger of New England Donor Services. Members of the Maine Advisory Council on Organ and Tissue Donation will also be participating, as will state legislators.
Student artists who participated in the Organ Donation High School Posters Contest will also be recognized during the event.
April is Donate Life Month and the celebration seeks to inform the public of the benefits of organ donation, and to encourage registration as an organ donor. In 2018, 1,159 lives were saved in New England because of the generosity of individuals who became organ donors. Thousands more lives were enhanced through the gift of tissue donation. Still, there are more than 113,600 patients now on the transplant wait list nationwide.
For more information on organ donation, and to register as a donor, visit
The Maine Department of the Secretary of State Donate Life page or www.DonateLifeNewEngland.org.