Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

9 years ago this month the Miller family lost their son David in an automobile accident. David had spoke to his parents Joe and Cathy about organ donation in the past and the Millers honored their son by donating his organs.

You too can be an organ donor through the Secretary of State when you renew your drivers license or by speaking to your family and making your wishes known. To learn more about organ donation and to sign up on the organ donor registry in Illinois visit the website.

According to the website.Illinois has one of the most successful state registries in the country with more than 6 million participants.

More than 50 percent of those who visit a driver services facility join the Illinois Organ/Tissue Donor Registry. In 2006, Illinois implemented a “legal consent ” organ/tissue donor registry, which ensures a person’s decision to donate will be carried out following death. Previously, the decision was not legally binding and remained with the person's family. As a result, nearly 20 percent of consenting donors had their decisions overturned by family members.

An estimated one in 20 Americans will need some type of medical tissue transplant during their lifetime. The

reason for the growing list is because transplantation is a viable and successful treatment for organ failure in many individuals. Currently, approximately 5,000 people in Illinois are on the waiting list for an organ transplant. Twenty-five people can benefit from a single donor.