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February 14th is National Donor Day. 95% of U.S. adults support organ donation, but only 58% are signed up as donors, which has resulted in an organ transplant shortage.
Anyone, regardless of age or medical history, can sign up to be a donor.
One donor can donate up to eight lifesaving organs, including a heart, liver, pancreas, 2 lungs, 2 kidneys, and intestines.
In Pennsylvania, you can register as a donor when you renew your driver’s license.
You can also go to www.penndot.gov and search “organ donation” to update your donor registration status.
For more information, go to www.organdonor.gov.
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I’m Cheraine Stanford, WPSU.