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Feb. 14 is National Organ Donor Day

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Today is National Organ Donation Day. Each year, February 14, is observed as a national day to focus on organ, eye, bone marrow, platelet, blood donation and tissue donation. It was originally designated in 1998 by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services in cooperation with the Saturn Corporation and the United Auto Workers.

According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, every 10 minutes  someone is added to the waiting list for a life saving organ transplant. The organization also notes that 22 people die each year while waiting for a transplant.

The website for the UNOS, shows that of 8:37 EST Tuesday, 118,558 people are waiting for a transplant and there are currently 1,322 donors. The website also indicates 2,802 transplants were performed in January 2017.

To learn more about how you can become an organ donor, go to www.donoralliance.org, www.donatelife.net and www.organdonor.gov.