HARRISBURG, April 14, 2015 – Because one Pennsylvanian dies each day waiting for an organ donor, state Sens. Larry Farnese and Lisa Boscola have teamed up to make April “Pennsylvania Donate Life Month.”

The senators today won unanimous approval for their resolution to designate the month and shrink the list of Pennsylvanians waiting to receive an organ.

“Pennsylvania has 18 transplant centers and is recognized as a leader in organ and tissue transplantation, yet thousands of Pennsylvanians are still awaiting the life-saving gift and too many of them will die waiting,” Sen. Farnese (D-Philadelphia) said.

“If this commonwealth is to remain a leader in organ donation and transplantation, it is necessary that the pronouncements and public policies of state government both encourage and promote organ and tissue donation,” the resolution says.

Farnese and Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh) said the growing demand for donated organs and tissue represents a public health issue that “merits action.”

“I am pleased to take part in this worthy effort to raise awareness and encourage more people to be organ donors,” said Sen. Boscola. “I hope more Pennsylvanians join us in making this life-saving pledge.”

Approximately 8,600 Pennsylvanians are awaiting organ transplants. Nationally, the wait list counts more than 120,000 people.

“Each person who donates an organ can take eight people off of the waiting list,” Farnese said.

According to the Donate Life PA website, 4.5 million Pennsylvanians have signed up to be organ and tissue donors.

People do not have to wait to renew their driver’s license to become an organ donor. They can become a donor by signing up through PennDOT’s website.

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