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During April, state publicizes need for signed-up donors

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Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 11:00 pm | Updated: 1:24 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

More than 1,700 Arizonans are awaiting a life-saving organ transplant, and the possibilities for organ donations are being highlighted by Gov. Jan Brewer.

Brewer has proclaimed April as Motor Vehicle Department/Donate Life Month in Arizona, raising awareness about the need for organ, tissue and cornea donors.

The proclamation honors "the heroes who gave the gift of life," and publicizes efforts of the motor vehicle department to increase donation registrations. Arizonans can sign up automatically as registered donors when they apply or renew their driver's licenses or identification at the MVD. Arizonans can also become donors by signing up online at www.DonateLifeAZ.org or calling 1-800-94-DONOR.

"Because of the partnership with the MVD, an average of 25,000 people a month register as donors to save and heal lives," said Tim Brown of Donor Network of Arizona, the state’s organ recovery organization. There are now more than 1.4 million people in Arizona registered as organ, tissue and cornea donors.

Donate Life Arizona is launching on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and MySpace in April to "champion donation and inspire friends, classmates, co-workers and families to sign up to become donors," the release concluded.

Across the country, more than 101,000 people are awaiting organ transplants.

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