Organ donation allows for healthy organs and tissues to be taken from one person for transplantation into another. The organs from one donor can save or help as many as 50 people.
The majority of individuals who register as organ and tissue donors register their intent at a Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) office. The Maine Organ and Tissue Donation Advisory Council has set a goal of 55 percent Donor Designation Rate for 2016, an increase from last year’s rate of 53 percent.
Maine residents who are 16 years of age or older can help save lives by signing up on the Maine Organ Donor Registry. Registration is free and takes a few minutes. You can sign up or check your registration at http://www.maine.gov/sos/bmv/donatelife/
For more information about organ donation, visit http://www.organdonor.gov/