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Saving Lives in PA through Organ DonationSaving Lives in PA through Organ Donation

Right now in Pennsylvania more than 8,500 men, women and children are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.  Over the last 10 years, an average of 490 people died annually waiting for organs in our Commonwealth.  That number can be reduced with the passage of House Bill 30 and Senate Bill 850 – The Donate Life PA Act. This bill will ensure that more life-saving organs are donated by increasing public education, strengthening oversight of organ donation, clarifying decision-making authority over donations, and reducing unnecessary denials of organ recoveries.

The Donate Life PA Act will save lives. See our Action Center below to find out how you can support us!

Pennsylvanians Rally for Passage of SB 850

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Concerned citizens from across the state joined together at the Capitol Rotunda on Monday, October 6th, to send a strong, clear message: THE TIME TO PASS THE DONATE LIFE PA ACT IS NOW.

There are currently 8,596 Pennsylvania citizens waiting for an organ donation and that number continues to grow.

Mark Succheralli of Allegheny County shared his story of the unexpected death of his step-father and of how his mother and family were comforted knowing they were able to help others live.

Monica Forte, mother of 9-year old Tony, urged House leadership to bring this bill up for a vote and then to vote YES. Tony is awaiting a stomach, intestine and liver transplant.  “Tony has been waiting five years for a transplant.  The Donate Life PA Act will increase his chances of getting that life-saving transplant.”

Volunteers distributed white carnations to State House Members and had 475 on display in the Rotunda, representing the average number of people who die each year waiting for a transplant in Pennsylvania.
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Facts about Senate Bill 850:
The Donate Life PA Act

In 1994, Pennsylvania passed what was then groundbreaking legislation supporting organ and tissue donation. Under this law Pennsylvania has been a leader in donation rates worldwide. However, despite our success, each year the waiting list grows. Each year, hundreds of people die waiting for a transplant in our commonwealth. The Donate Life PA Act is the first step towards addressing this public health crisis. It incorporates aspects of the current Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (which has been passed in 46 states), recommendations of the PA Legislative Budget and Finance Committee and input from stakeholders including the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association to ensure that we remain leaders in donation and transplantation.

Why we need the Donate Life PA Act:

  • Too many people are waiting for organs in Pennsylvania. Today, there are more than 8,500 men, women and children across our Commonwealth waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. 
  • Too many people are dying while awaiting organs in Pennsylvania. Over the last 10 years, an average of 490 people died annually waiting for organs in Pennsylvania.  That is an average of nine people each and every week.
  • SB 850 will save lives. The demand for life-saving organ transplants greatly exceeds the number of organs that become available. The Donate Life PA Act will increase the number of organs available for those who need them.
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