KIMT News 3 – It could mean saving the lives of many around the world, and it all begins with simply checking a box.
That’s the message being spread as part of National Donate Life Month.
While the national average for organ donors each year sits at around 48 percent, in Iowa this average is well above that at 70 percent.
In Minnesota, those numbers are also climbing as more than 60 percent are now registered donors.
Those in our area say even though the numbers are promising, we still need to focus on how many more lives we can save.
“A lot of people aren’t familiar with it if you’ve never had someone that you know or somebody that knows somebody it’s not that close to you so raising the awareness getting the facts out there about donation and what a huge difference people can make for other people is amazing,” said Sheyanne Schultz of Mercy North Iowa.
Today there are more than 122,000 people waiting for organ donations according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human services.
“Donations save lives that’s the bottom-line we know that but it also changes lines we have done the family and recipient families that are able to speak to that find that out,” said Schultz.