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Guest Commentary: Save lives by choosing to become an organ and tissue donor

April 11, 2018
By BETSY EDWARDS , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Would you spare three minutes of your time to save lives? That's all it takes - and more than 115,000 people in the United States, including approximately 5,800 Floridians, are counting on you to do just that. How? Register your decision to become an organ and tissue donor.

April is Donate Life Month, and I encourage those who have not yet done so to visit Florida's organ, eye and tissue donor registry at, where you can find factual information about donation, and designate your donation wishes. You can also register when getting or renewing a driver license or ID card.

One organ donor can save the lives of eight people, and improve as many as 70 through tissue donation. All major religions support donation and there are no costs to the donor's family. To save lives as an organ and tissue donor, register today at, or say "yes" to donation when getting or renewing your driver license or state identification card at your local driver license office.

Betsy Edwards is the senior public affairs coordinator for LifeLink of Florida, the non-profit community service organization that coordinates organ and tissue donation in west central Florida. For more information, contact LifeLink at 800-262-5775 or visit



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