Lowell, MA – Mayor Patrick Murphy visited the Lowell Registry of Motor Vehicle (RMV) office on Monday, April 9, to celebrate April as Donate Life Month in the City of Lowell. The Mayor stated, “I am happy to acknowledge this month as Donate Life Month and encourage all individuals to register to become an organ and tissue donor when at the RMV. The entire staff at the Lowell RMV do a wonderful job each day presenting this important question to the public. Checking the yes box to become a donor can truly save a life, if not multiple lives, and I am proud to support this effort.”
Matt Boger, State Relations for New England Organ Bank added, “On behalf of the federally designated Organ Procurement Organization for Massachusetts and New England, we thank the Mayor for recognizing this important issue here at the RMV in his home city. The vast majority, 99.8%, of all Massachusetts residents who designate themselves as an organ and tissue donor do so at the RMV. We thank the Mayor for bringing attention to this important issue and also thank RMV Registrar Rachel Kaprielian and her entire staff, both in Lowell and throughout the state, for the great job they do each and every day.”
Currently, over 113,700 Americans await a life saving organ transplant that may not come in time. Last year the lives of over 240 New Englanders were saved because individuals registered as organ donors on their state driver’s license or online atwww.donatelifenewengland.org. In addition, the lives of 25,000 in New England were enhanced by tissue donations from registered tissue donors.
Kidney recipient and New England Organ Bank volunteer Francis Gilroy stated, “Registering as a donor can make a very real difference in the life of someone desperately in need of a transplant. The work that the RMV staff does is wonderful and I thank them from the bottom of my heart for all the work they do to present this important question.”
Ted Irvin, member of the Lions Club Lazarus Committee added, “The Lazarus Committee is proud to support such an important issue as organ and tissue donation. We are proud to help provide information on donation through the pamphlets located at all the RMV offices. Checking yes to donation can truly save a life.”
Governor Deval Patrick has declared April as Donate Life Month in Massachusetts and it is also recognized nationally as an opportunity to continue our education efforts, celebrate the lives saved and enhanced through donation and honor the donors who made the ultimate gift.
This press release was drafted by Matt Boger of the New England Organ Bank