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Donate life, register for Y to be placed on license

Wellness Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 14, will focus on organ and tissue donation. Come meet two people who have been touched by donation in very different ways. Mary Blau received a cornea transplant in 1993. Jennifer Minor’s fiancé became a donor at the time of his sudden death. They will answer questions and talk about their personal experiences. Stop by from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lobby of Ashley River Tower.

There are more than 105,000 people in the United States awaiting a life-saving transplant; approximately 900 of those are on the South Carolina waiting list. Every 11 minutes another person is added to that national list. Sadly, an average of 18 people die each day in the United States because the organ they needed didn’t come in time.
To combat those numbers, South Carolina joined the majority of other states in December 2008 when the South Carolina Organ and Tissue Donor Registry was established. Previous to that, there were 1.2 million South Carolinians who had shown their intent to be donors by having a red heart and a “Y” on their drivers’ licenses. However, none of those names were transferred to the new registry.
Individuals can now register their legal consent to become donors at the time of their deaths by registering online at and/or by obtaining, renewing or changing their S.C. drivers’ licenses/IDs at any SCDMV office. Individuals who go through the SCDMV will receive a new logo, a red heart and “Y” surrounded by a circle with 11 ticks in it. 

Friday, April 9, 2010

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