Letters to the Editor

Willingness to give life drives organ donations

In the past, if you signed up to be an organ donor through the Department of Motor Vehicle Services, you received a discount toward the purchase of your driver's license. However, as of July 1, this discount is no longer in effect. This is not a loss for those who wait for an organ transplant in Georgia.

As a matter of fact, most Georgians who sign up to be a potential organ, eye, and tissue donor on the Georgia State Donor Registry do so because of their willingness to give life to others. The decision to donate is based on a heartfelt desire to save another person's life, not whether a discount is received for the driver's license.

The Georgia Coalition on Donation supports Gov. Sonny Perdue's position on removing the discount on the driver's license. The coalition is committed to educating Georgians about the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation and improving the lives of all Georgians awaiting transplantation therapy.

Through their generosity, people can work together to help the 1,580 Georgians who wait for a life-saving organ transplant.

The coalition encourages everyone to learn the facts about organ, eye and tissue donation, sign up to become an organ donor and share your decision with you family and friends. For more information, call the Georgia Coalition on Donation at 866-57-SHARE.

- Chuck Massey