Benoit Resolution Proclaims April 2010 as DMV/Donate Life California Month
RIVERSIDE – Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit will present a measure at tomorrow’s Board of Supervisors meeting proclaiming April 2010 as DMV/Donate Life California Month and encouraging residents to become organ and tissue donors. Debbie Morgan, Chairman/CEO of the United Organ Transplant Association, and Ana Lopez, manager of the Department of Motor Vehicle’s (DMV) Riverside-Brockton office will accept the resolution.
Benoit, a dedicated advocate for the organ donor registry, said, “As a 31-year law enforcement veteran, I know from firsthand experience how important an effective tissue/organ donor registry is to allowing the best possible chances of transplant success. I’m also keenly aware of just how difficult life can be for those in need of donated organs. This wonderful program has provided hope and a second chance of life for thousands and I encourage residents to seriously consider becoming an organ/tissue donor and help save and enhance the lives of Californians in need.”
More than 100,000 individuals nationwide and more than 21,000 in California are currently on the national organ transplant waiting list. The Donate Life California Organ and Tissue Donor Registry, the state’s first online service to record an individual’s commitment to donate life, has signed up over six million Californians since it began in 2005. Each person can save up to eight lives through organ donation and heal another 50 lives through tissue donation.
People of all ages can be donors and, unlike blood donation, few medical conditions preclude donation. Residents can register with the Donate Life California registry when applying for or renewing a driver’s license or identification card at the DMV. Alternatively, they may register online at www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org or www.doneVIDAcalifornia.org.
Supervisor Benoit, whose sister-in-law Désirée passed away while awaiting a kidney transplant, spoke at press conferences held annually in Sacramento celebrating the anniversary and success of the registry. Beginning with his authorship of ACR 141 (2006), Benoit regularly authored or coauthored resolutions recognizing the success of the registry while in the Legislature.