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Guest Editorial

Alex McDonald Director of Public Relations Intermountain Donor Services

Last year, the people of Utah were challenged to make a New Year’s Resolution to help save lives and sign up on the Yes Utah Donor Registry. Well, people listened, they made their resolutions and phenomenal things happened. In 2005, over 25,000 people said "yes" last year to organ, eye and tissue either on their Utah Driver License, state ID card, or by going online to The Utah Donor Registry now has over 1,035,000 people, or about 66 percent of the population of Utah, signed up. Compared to the rest of the nation, Utah has one of the highest rates of participation on a donor registry. This says a lot about the giving, caring, nature of the citizens of Utah. Because of these high participation rates, good things happen. If you need a liver transplant, Utah is the place to be. A patient is almost twice as likely to get a liver transplant in Utah within one year as the national average. Again, it’s people caring about people and doing something about it. The Good Samaritan Living Kidney Donor Program continues to grow and save lives. From this time last year, over 500 people have inquired about this program, with 20 people actually becoming donors. Most often, the gap between those who inquire and those that actually become donors is because of medical conditions that preclude the potential donor from being able to donate. One living donor, Steven Crump of Salt Lake City, learned he had a liver condition while being evaluated for kidney donation. Having caught the problem in time, he was able to heal his liver, and still donated his kidney to a complete stranger. Thanks to the people of Utah, who care so much about their fellow citizens, we are ending the suffering of those waiting for transplants. Although 66 percent of Utahns have joined the registry, the remaining 34 percent have yet to sign up. If you haven’t joined the Utah Donor Registry, I challenge you to sign up by either saying "yes" on your driver license or by going online to or call 1-866-937-8824. Get the facts and help save lives.

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