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CHARLESTON — More than 100,000 people are currently waiting for lifesaving organ transplants in the United States, including 500 West Virginians. But only 36% of West Virginians are registered organ donors.
To educate West Virginians about this critical need in their own backyards and rally them around a solution, the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE), Donate Life West Virginia, W.Va. Gov. Jim Justice and West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito marked the state’s second West Virginia Donor Day on Monday. The date 8/1 highlights the fact that one donor can save eight lives.
“There are many great things that West Virginia should be proud of (and) in celebration of West Virginia Donor Day, I want to tell you about another reason why we West Virginians should be proud: I have enacted a law so we can now register as organ donors on our West Virginia hunting and fishing licenses,” Justice said it recognizes August 1 as West Virginia Donor Day. “So far, over 50,000 West Virginians have done it! And that, that’s what we’ll always be most proud of!
West Virginia is, for more than one reason, a leader in organ donation nationwide. In addition to being home to two transplant hospitals – Charleston Area Medical Center and WVU Medicine JW Ruby Memorial Hospital – this state is home to the oldest organ donor in history. In 2021, Cecil Lockhart, a Short Pole native and World War II veteran, died at 95 and donated his liver, saving a life.
“Tell people around you about donation today and register as an organ donor today!” Let’s work together, help end the wait in our Mountain State! said Senator Capito.
“Every day at CORE, we are inspired by the generous donors of West Virginia and their families, who through their own grief choose to give others the gift of life,” said Susan Stuart, President and CEO of CORE. “West Virginia Donor Day is a time to celebrate them. It’s a time for communities across the state to come together, so we can all encourage our own family, friends and neighbors to make the Pledge for Life by signing up as donors. The lives of 500 West Virginians depend on it.
CORE and Donate Life West Virginia invite all employers, organizations and associations in the state to join the growing list of West Virginia Donor Day Partners, which includes the following hospital partners:
• Charleston Area Medical Center – General Hospital
• Grant Memorial Hospital
• Greenbrier Valley Medical Center
• Hampshire Memorial Hospital
• Logan Regional Medical Center
• Minnie Hamilton Health System
• My General Morgantown
• Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital
• Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital
• Pocahontas Memorial Hospital
• Raleigh General Hospital
• Summers County HRA
• Thomas Health
• War Memorial Hospital
• WVU Medicine Braxton County Memorial Hospital
• WVU Medicine JW Ruby Memorial
• WVU Medicine Summersville Regional Medical Center
Residents of West Virginia can register as an organ donor by visiting www.registerme.org/WV or their local DMV, or when purchasing a hunting and fishing license.
To learn more about how to get involved in West Virginia Donor Day, visit the Donate Life West Virginia website or follow @COREDonateLife and @DonateLifeWV on Facebook and Instagram. For more information about CORE and its rescue mission, visit www.core.org.