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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!


YOUR Action Needed!

The Donate Life PA Act needs Senate Co-Sponsors

The new legislative session is getting started in Harrisburg. Last week Senator Stewart Greenleaf, circulated a memo to his colleagues seeking co-sponsors for the 2015 Donate Life PA Act. This is the first major step in getting this important legislation introduced and then passed in 2015. Last year, we had 29 co-sponsors in the Senate. This year, we think we can do even better.

Here is how you can help:

» First, in the next few days, please call your local PA State Senator. You can find their contact information by clicking here.
Let them know:
(1) You’re a constituent;
(2) You support the Donate Life PA Act;
(3) Last year, the bill passed in the Senate by an overwhelming vote of 47 to 3; and
(4) Ask them to join Senator Greenleaf as a co-sponsor to this important legislation.

» Second, please follow that call up with an email with the following message.

As always, thank you so much for your support for organ and tissue donation. Together we will get this legislation enacted and save more lives.

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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  • Latest Signatures

    Latest Signatures
    2,720Richard FallstichFountain Hill, Pennsylvania
    2,719Shannon McMullenBoca Raton, Florida
    2,718Kathryn DelaneyPottstown, PA
    2,717Tandi Angelinaphiladelphia, pa
    2,716Crystal Collinsphiladelphia, pa
    2,715Pauline KozikRoaring Brook Twp, PA
    2,714Marijean McAndrewscranton, Pennsylvania
    2,713Mary Ann IezziDunmore, Pennsylvania
    2,712Shannon BurkeClarks Summit, Pa
    2,711Laura narcavageroaring Brook Twp, pa
    2,710Barbara PetrashHanover township, Pa
    2,709Sean LoughneyDunmore, Pennsylvania
    2,708Donna LoughneyDunmore, Pa
    2,707Mary sterlingscranton, pa
    2,706Dinah KintnerMehoopany, Pennsylvania
    2,705Nadine NotoDunmore, Pennsylvania
    2,704Lindsay HowardScranton , Pennsylvania
    2,703Kayla evaninaolyphant, pa
    2,702Mia DarbenzioDunmore, PA
    2,701Ann Lowemoscow, Pa
    2,700Trudy ColemanAvoca, Pennsylvania
    2,699Joseph CoronitiOld Forge, Pa
    2,698Rose CaprioDunmore, PA
    2,697Mary Pat KesslerAbington, Pa
    2,696Elizabeth Amesdunmore, pa