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A total of 2.6 million Minnesotans, or 63 percent, are registered as organ, eye and tissue donors, a 13 percent increase over the last three years. Nationally, 45 percent are donors.

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Nearly 63 percent of Minnesotans are registered as organ, eye and tissue donors.

That number has increased 13 percent over the last three years.

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It’s a proud achievement for the Minnesota Department of Safety (DPS) and its partnerships with three non-profit organizations: LifeSource, Minnesota Lions Eye Bank and American Donor Services.

The DPS and the three organizations collaboratively launched the “You & $2” program, which has raised more than $108,000 since 2012. Minnesotans applying for or renewing their driver’s licenses or state ID cards are able to contribute $2 to the program, which funds educational efforts about life-saving organ donations.

A portion of this fund was used to develop a new curriculum to educate Minnesota students taking driver’s education courses about the importance of donation.

The new curriculum provides information about the decision to become a donor. The highlight is an emotional video featuring stories of Minnesota teens touched by donations and transplants. The video will be used by state driver education programs. Nearly 57,000 people go through driver training programs each year.

“Minnesotans are generous and are eager to support important work, so it’s no wonder that more than half of our friends and neighbors are organ donors,” said Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman. “Our strong partnership with donation agencies has been the foundation for this success, and we are pleased that they will be able to reach even more people with the lifesaving message of organ donation through this new curriculum.”

More than 3,100 Minnesotans are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.

In 2012, 3,845 people in the United States – 101 in Minnesota – died while on the transplant list because an organ was not available.

You can register to be a donor by checking the box on your driver’s license or state ID card application or by registering online at www.lifesourcedonorregistry.org.

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