Dyersburg DMV awarded for organ, tissue donor awareness

Thursday, June 23, 2016
Dyersburg won second place in the West Tennessee region for their festive participation throughout the month of April to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation registration. Pictured (L-R): Mitzie Hinson (district manager), Rochelle Bryant (West Tennessee regional manager), Misty Tate, Rebecca Hill, Lindsey Kirk, Jeff Keedy, Holly Powers (branch manager), and Zola Burgess (community outreach coordinator for MSTF).

KRISTEN DYCUS

kdycus@stategazette.com

April is National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness month, and MidSouth Transplant Foundation (MSTF) recently awarded the Dyersburg-Dyer County Driver Services Center for its support and efforts toward promoting the cause. Each year MSTF challenges local Department of Safety offices to participate in decorating their facilities for the annual 'Blue and Green' month competition.

Zola Burgess, community outreach coordinator for MSTF, Rochelle Bryant, West Tennessee Regional Manager for the Department of Safety, and Mitzie Hinson, district manager for the Department of Safety all traveled to award Dyersburg second place in the West Tennessee region for their festive participation. Streamers, balloons, party favors, butterflies, and treats all sporting the blue and green color scheme were presented throughout the month of April to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation registration.

Each year during the month of April MSTF challenges local Department of Safety offices to participate in decorating their facilities for the annual 'Blue and Green' month competition. Streamers, balloons, party favors, butterflies, and treats all sporting the blue and green color scheme were used in this year's theme.

According to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network and Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (OPTN/SRTR) Annual Report, as of March 2015, more than 123,000 men, women, and children are on the organ transplant waiting list in the United States. Unfortunately, over 20 of those waiting for a generous donor will die each day before a 'match' is found.

Resources from organdonor.gov report, "(that) more people are added to the U.S. transplant waiting list daily, while the number of donors grows slowly. At the end of 2014, more than four times as many people were waiting for a transplant than had received one."

There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding organ and tissue donation including donor age limits, distribution, recipient priority, donor costs, and even spiritual or religious concerns. The Tennessee Department of Safety and MSTF have partnered to raise necessary awareness and encourage citizens to learn the truth and facts about organ and tissue donation before making a decision.

If someone wishes to become a donor, simply signing the back of your driver's license is not enough. To be a donor, registration is required and can be completed at a local DMV or at www.organdonor.gov.

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