Nebraska Donor Registry Reaches 800,000 Registrants

Nebraska Organ Recovery is proud to announce that the Donor Registry of Nebraska has reached a new milestone of 800,000 registrants.

“The growth in our Registry is a testament to the kindness and caring nature of Nebraskans across the state,” said Kyle Herber, President and CEO of Nebraska Organ Recovery. “People who register know that organ and tissue donation gives someone in need a second chance at life and they are committed to helping those individuals as their final act of kindness.”

Anyone who is at least 16 years old can register as a donor; there is no upper age limit. Ninety-eight percent of individuals on the Donor Registry register when they get their driver’s license.

“The staff of the Nebraska DMV are an integral part of our success and we thank each of them for their hard work and dedication to saving and healing lives through donation,” said Herber. “We couldn’t have achieved this milestone without them.”  

“The Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles is pleased to be able to provide the residents of Nebraska with an opportunity to make a choice which has the potential to save and significantly impact the lives of others,” said Rhonda Lahm, Director of the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles. 

Individuals can also register online anytime.

Each person who registers as a donor has the potential to save eight lives through organ donation and enhance the lives of 100 more people through tissue and corneal donation. Currently, there are 116,000 Americans on the waiting list for a life-saving organ transplant, over 400 of those are Nebraskans. Approximately 20 Americans die each day because a suitable organ was not available in time for transplant. Last year, 33,600 organ transplants were performed nationwide.

Posted: October 24, 2017

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