State of Nevada


For Immediate Release April 18, 1997

Recipients promote organ donation awareness at DMV-PS

COS, NDN combine resources to encourage organ, tissue donations

In recognition of National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week, two local support groups and the Department of Motor Vehicles and Public Service (DMV-PS) combined resources to promote awareness and educate Southern Nevadans as they conduct motor vehicle business Saturday, April 19, in the facility located at 4021 W. Carey Ave. at Rancho Rd.

Volunteers from the Champions of Organ Sharing (COS) and the Nevada Donor Network (NDN), will staff an information booth between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to answer questions and distribute literature about organ and tissue donations. Interested individuals should find their comments relevant and useful since, the representatives are either organ transplant recipients or are on waiting lists to receive a donated organ.

While there is a mechanism that allows drivers to indicate on their license if they choose to be organ donors, there is a need to increase awareness and provide additional information to the public. Locally, approximately 100 people are waiting for an organ transplant. Nationwide, over 50,000 people are on the national list. A new name is added to the list every 18 minutes, and unfortunately, 8 to 10 people die daily waiting for a transplant.

The COS, a local support group whose members have been touched by organ donation, conducts monthly meetings for patients who have received an organ transplant or are waiting for one. The NDN, the federally designated organ bank serving the Las Vegas area, coordinates the recovery, processing, and placement of donated organs and tissues through the national network. For more information, call 796-9600.

Public Information Office News Release - 97-119
DMV-PS Contact: Steve Leon - Phone: (702) 486-8660 - Pager: (702) 381-5273
NDN Contacts: Susan Barnes or Jennifer Israel - Phone: 796-4225

State of Nevada
Department of Motor Vehicles and Public Safety
Last updated: 04/22/97
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