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Mainers come together to discuss the importance of organ donation

Maine organ donors come together to talk about organ donation and how it saves lives (WGME).

PORTLAND (WGME) – April is "Donate Life Month,” and families of organ donors and transplant recipients came together to talk about the importance of donating.

The Secretary of State, transplant recipients and representatives from the organization Donate Life spoke at the State House Wednesday. They say only 55 percent of Mainers are organ donors, and they are working to change that.

Nearly 115,000 people are waiting for their miracle, according to Donate Life.

Judy Couture needed a liver, and after 25 days of waiting, she got her phone call.

“In the back of your mind you're thinking, ‘The happiest day of my life, is the saddest day of a family's life, because they've just lost a family member,’" Couture said.

Now Couture speaks on behalf of Donate Life, to encourage more people to check that box. Right now in Maine, 55 percent of people are registered organ donors.

Secretary Dunlap says it’s important to spread the word, and encourage people to take the time to become an organ donor.

"Probably the primary factor that drives people to not register is really just stasis, they don’t think of doing it, they'll do it next week or next time they get on the computer or whatever," Dunlap said.

To register, click here.

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