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Donate Life Louisiana gets national award

Associated Press Modified: November 18, 2012 at 11:31 am •  Published: November 18, 2012

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's organ donor registry has a national silver medal for achieving four of five goals set by Donate Life America.

Donate Life Louisiana ended 2011 with 56 percent of all licensed drivers and 58 percent of all residents over the age of 17 registered as donors. And registered donors made up 52 percent of all people who died with organs or tissue acceptable for donation.

The national group wants registered donors to make up at least half of licensed drivers and ID card holders, and of residents aged at least 18. Its other three goals are to have registered organ, tissue and eye donors make up 40 percent of the people who die in a year and can donate.

Donate Life American presented the medals last month in Texas.