Heroes on the Front Lines
During April, we said thank you to the sixty Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) Deputy Registrar locations in our service area for being on the front lines of donation. Three of those agencies were awarded for their outstanding efforts in asking the question “Would you like to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor?”
The Powell, Kenny Road and Westpointe BMV were each awarded a 2014 “Organ, Tissue and Eye Donation Front Line Award” for either increasing participation in the Ohio Donor Registry or being the best in the state. The awards were given on behalf of Donate Life Ohio, representing all of the organ, tissue and eye recovery agencies in the state of Ohio.
The Front Line awards presentations coincided with National Donate Life Month, an opportunity to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation and the lives saved by donors. Thanks to the generosity of donors, in the United States, more than 29,000 people received a second chance at life though transplantation in 2014. However, more than 123,000 nationwide are currently waiting for a life-saving transplant. Because of this disparity, 21 men, women and children, die each day in the United States for lack of an available organ.
The Kenny Road BMV Deputy Registrar location received the “Best in District 5” award for achieving a donor registration rate of 74.01 percent in 2014.
The Powell Deputy Registrar location received the “Best in State” award for achieving 78.30 percent participation in the Ohio Donor Registry in 2014.
The Westpointe BMV Deputy Registrar location received the “Most Improved in District 5” award for achieving an increase of 5.7 percent in the donor registration rate between 2013 and 2014 – an increase from 61.57 percent to 65.11 percent.
To learn how you can register as an organ eye and tissue donor, click here.