State Registry Allows Texans to Express their Wish to Save Lives
"Donate Life Texas Day at the Capitol" Press Conference and Donor Drive
Austin, TX -- According to a recent Gallup
poll, nine out of ten Americans support organ and tissue donation, but more
than 60 percent don't know what steps are actually required to become an organ,
tissue, or eye donor.
During Donate Life Texas Day at the Capitol, Senator Judith
Zaffirini (D-Laredo), and Representative Jodie Laubenberg (R-Wylie) along with
representatives from the state's three Organ Procurement Organizations and the
Texas Transplantation Society will hold a press conference to make people aware
of the new state donor registry.
The late Representative Glenda Dawson (R-Pearland) was the
original sponsor of HB120, which created the donor registry as part of the
Texas DEAR program (Donor Education, awareness, and Registry program) The
Senate version of the bill, SB24, was successfully passed by Senator Judith
This session, Senator Zaffirini and Rep. Laubenberg have
introduced a bill, SB1500/HB2145, that would rename the Texas organ donor
registry to the "Glenda Dawson Donate Life-Texas Registry." Dawson's colleagues
and members of the organ procurement organizations thought it fitting to rename
the registry in her honor. In addition, by adding "Donate Life-Texas" to the
registry name, Texas will become the 27th state to join the national
Donate Life America initiative.
"Glenda felt strongly about educating others on the
subject of organ and tissue donation. She received the gift of life from
her sister and wanted everyone in her situation to have a second chance at
life. This is an honor to Representative Dawson's memory and to her
passion for this program," stated Representative Laubenberg.
Organ donation advocates remind the public they still need
to tell their family about their decision. Senator Zaffirini hopes that by
changing the name of the registry, many more people will become aware of the
registry and will take the time to enroll. "When Rep. Dawson and I passed
the legislation that created the Donation, Education, and Registry Program in
2005, we provided Texas with its first statewide organ and tissue donor
registry, which helps save countless persons in need of transplants. SB 1500
would further enhance Texas' organ and tissue donor registry and provide a
fitting tribute to its champion by making her the namesake of the Glenda Dawson
Donate Life-Texas Registry. I am proud to sponsor this bill and celebrate April
as National Donate Life month."
SB1500 has been heard in the Senate Health and Human
Services Committee, where it passed unanimously and is headed for the full
Senate. HB 2145 has been heard in the House Public Health Committee and will be
voted on at the next committee meeting.
Today more than 96,000 people wait for an organ that will
save or greatly enhance their lives. More than 7,000 of them live right here
in Texas. Learn more about saving lives at http://www.shareyourlife.org, or sign
up to be an organ donor at http://www.texasdear.org.
||Donate Life Texas Day at the Capitol Press Conference and Donor Drive|
With Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, Senator
Judith Zaffirini, Texas Organ Sharing Alliance, LifeGift Organ Donation Center,
Southwest Transplant Alliance, Texas Transplantation Society
2007, 11:00 am|
Extension, Room E2.018 (House Conference Room C)|
Donor families and transplant recipients will also be
recognized on the House floor on April 17 at 10 am. They will be available for
interviews following the press conference. Visitors can also register at the
Donor Drive following the press conference until 3pm.
Contact: Michelle Segovia, Texas Organ Sharing Alliance,
Laurie Reece, Texas Transplantation Society, 512-370-1512
The Texas Organ Sharing
Alliance is one of 58 federally designated Organ Procurement Organizations
(OPO) in the United States. Founded in 1975 as a not-for-profit corporation,
TOSA covers 56 counties in Central and South Texas. TOSA is committed to
providing organ donation and recovery services to families wishing to donate,
and to those waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.
The mission of Texas
Transplantation Society is to facilitate transplantation in Texas through
education and advocacy. TTS was founded in 1987.