WHEREAS, according to the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS), more than 116,797 people are waiting for organ transplants nationally; and according to Carolina Donor Services (CDS), more than 3,546 of those people are in North Carolina, and
WHEREAS, an average of 18 people awaiting transplants die each day due to the severe shortage of donated organs; and
WHEREAS, the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles plays a critical role in maintaining the North Carolina state donor registry, with 99% of the state’s donors registry having registered when receiving their North Carolina drivers license or ID card; and
WHEREAS, one organ donor can save the lives of up to 8 people and improve the lives of many through tissue, blood, bone, bone marrow and cornea donation; and
WHEREAS, North Carolinians are encouraged to get the facts about donation and discuss their wishes with their families and physicians; and if they decide to become donors, put the heart on their drivers license and enroll on a donor list; and
WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina joins healthcare professionals, volunteers, educators, government agencies, faith-based and community groups and private organizations in an effort to boost the numbers of organ, tissue, eye, blood, bone marrow and stem cell donors throughout North Carolina;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAT McCRORY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim April 2013, as “ORGAN DONATIONAWARENESS MONTH”time in North Carolina, and commend its observance to all citizens.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this twenty-fifth day of March in the year of our Lord two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.