Posted by: seanslastwish | December 24, 2008

Organ Donation Online rgistery now available in South Carolina!

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Contact: Mark Johnson

Media Relations Coordinator

Phone: 1-800-462-0755 ext. 1056

E-mail: johnsonm@lifepoint-sc.org

Donate Life SC and SCDMV Launch Organ & Tissue Donor Registry

Greenville, S.C. Dec. 23, 2008 – South Carolinians now have the ability to register their legal consent to be an organ and tissue donor by visiting any South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) office. Persons who obtain or renew any class driver license, beginner permit or identification card and consent to being an organ/tissue donor will receive a credential with a new heart symbol surrounded by a circle. The individual’s registration information will then be placed into the secure, newly-created South Carolina Organ and Tissue Donor Registry.

Every 11 minutes another person is added to the national transplant waiting list. There are approximately 750 people currently on the South Carolina waiting list. Until now, there has not been a list or a registry in South Carolina for those who want to register to be donors. Historically, signing a donor card and getting the red heart on one’s driver’s license/ID served as an important symbol of intent to be a donor, however, neither action actually placed the individual’s name on a list or registry. A person’s next of kin or legal guardian made the final decision about donation at the time of death.

By registering to be an organ/tissue donor in the South Carolina Organ and Tissue Donor Registry, consent is no longer required from any other person unless the donor is under the age of 18. For minors under the age of 18, the parent or legal guardian will also be required to consent at the time of donation.

“We are very pleased that South Carolina now joins the majority of other states that have donor registries. DLSC is proud to provide a newly-created secure way for individuals to register their desire to be organ and tissue donors in order to save and improve lives,” says Tracy Rachele, DLSC Executive Director. The registry will aid in making matches for transplantable organs and tissue, and, ultimately will help reduce the number of people waiting on organ and tissue transplants in S.C.

LifePoint President and CEO Nancy A. Kay, adds, “I believe that over time, the registry will be a meaningful resource allowing us to honor the donor’s wishes and giving potential donor families the knowledge of their loved one’s desire to become a donor.”

The South Carolina Organ and Tissue Donor Registry was established per House Bill 3317 and signed into law by Governor Mark Sanford on June 14, 2007. Under this law, DLSC has worked with the SCDMV to develop the registry which guarantees that the plans of registered donors will be carried out following death.

Donate Life South Carolina will hold the official launch of the South Carolina Organ and Tissue Donor Registry on Jan. 14, 2009. At this time, the online portion of the registry will be added and then anyone can join the registry by a secure online Web site. A statewide marketing and awareness campaign will also be launched along with the online portion of the registry. In a partnership to promote the registry, and to bring awareness to the need for more organ and tissue donors, Donate Life South Carolina and LifePoint are working together on this project.

You have the power to Donate Life. Sign up today to become an organ and tissue donor. One person’s generosity can save up to eight lives through organ donation and enhance the lives of another 50 people through tissue donation.

For more information about the South Carolina Organ and Tissue Donor Registry, or to simply learn more about organ and tissue donation, contact Mark Johnson, Media Relations Coordinator for LifePoint, at 1-800-462-0755 or 843-763-7755 ext. 1056.

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About Donate Life South Carolina

Donate Life South Carolina is the organization whose mission is to promote organ and tissue donation for transplantation and provide patient assistance for South Carolina transplant recipients. Donate Life South Carolina will also develop and maintain the soon-to-be launched South Carolina Donor Registry.

About LifePoint

LifePoint works to increase awareness about the need for more organ and tissue donors in South Carolina and is the designated Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) for organ recovery services in the state. LifePoint actively provides organ, tissue and ocular donor services to 62 hospitals throughout the state. LifePoint also helps support and educate families at an emotionally devastating time, so they can make well-informed decisions about organ and tissue donation.

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Responses

  1. Over half of the 100,000+ Americans on the national transplant waiting list will die before they get a transplant. Most of these deaths are needless. Americans bury or cremate about 20,000 transplantable organs every year. Over 6,000 of our neighbors suffer and die needlessly every year as a result.

    There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage — give organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die.

    Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. People who aren’t willing to share the gift of life should go to the back of the waiting list as long as there is a shortage of organs.

    Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at http://www.lifesharers.org or by calling 1-888-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition.

  2. hello, I was just brousing to locate the site that would offer information about becoming employed by life point as a family support coundelor. I came across this information and I am also interrested in getting on the list as a registered organ donor. Can you lead me to the right source for applying for the position and also for becoming a donor other than just on my driving license?

  3. hello, I was just brousing and found this information about becoming a registered organ donor. I have the symbol on my license and would also like to be put on the lifesharers list. I am seeking information about how to go about sending a resume to apply for a position at life point. I am interested in becoming a family support counselor. can you send me information about life point organization so that I can learn more?

    • Hi Jackie

      Let me give you the name of one of the people organizing the volunteers and events. I am sure she will be an excellent contact and can help you:

      Her name is Shirley Mc Adams and her e-mail is McAdamsS@lifepoint-sc.org. You can also check out their website at http://www.lifepoint-sc.org. Have you registered yet online at every11minutes.org?

      Thank you for being an organ donor. We donated my son’s organs after his murder and it is a great feeling to know that in his death he saved 5 peoples life.

      God bless you

      Please let me know if you have any oher questions or need more information

      Elke Kennedy

  4. Dear Sirs,

    We are about to launch a National Organ Donor Programme and have plans to include this with our National Identification Cards as well, indicating a Donor with a “Heart” symbol. All citizens are issued with these cards.

    We are looking for other countries who are doing similar programmes, and write to inquire whether the US has a similar programme in their National Identification Programme. If not, even a State one would be useful.

    I presume all US citizens carry a National / State ID Card. Greatly appreciate your urgent response.

    Thanking you

    Yours faithfully

    Ajit F. Perera
    Chairman, Kidney Transplant Support Foundation
    Member, National Kidney Foundation of Sri Lanka
    Council Member, International Federation of Kidney Foundations
    Hony. Member, Hospital Committee, De Soysa Hospital for Women

    Off : 465/24, Ranasinghe Mw
    Pepiliyana,
    Sri Lanka.

    Tel : +94-112-824373 / +94-115-553890/1
    Fax : +94-112-824373 / 94-115-542643
    Mobile : +94-722-247236

    • Please check out http://www.everyelevenminutes.org to see our on line registry. IN the state of SC we have a heart on our Drivers license which now include a ring around them. This started in December 2008, t is a state wide registry. THe contact person in SC for Life point is Shirley McAdams and she can be reached via E-mail at mcadamsS@lifepoint-sc.org. I am sure she will be able to help you.

      I am sure that you know that I have donated my sons organs after his murder May 16th 2007. We donated his heart, lungs,both kidneys and his liver.
      We are very active volunteers for life point and and I speak about this in my speeches for the foundation. If you have any questions please let me know.

      Sincerely
      Elke Kennedy

  5. i am an organ donor and i have the old heart symbol on my drivers liscense i need to learn how to go about getting this updated to the new heart with the circle
    around it thank you.

    angela michelle rector

    • HI Angela,

      You have two options:

      Go to the Motor vehicle and get yourself a new licentiate
      or if you live in SC, go to http://www.every11minutes.org and sign up.
      Thank you for being an organ donor. If you have any further questions, please let me know

      Love
      Elke


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