Grand County records one of the highest organ, tissue donation rates in the state |

Grand County records one of the highest organ, tissue donation rates in the state

Sky-Hi staff report

Well above the state average of 67.98 percent, Grand County’s donor designation rate, the percentage of individuals joining the state organ and tissue donor registry, demonstrates strong support for the gift of life in the area.

Grand County posted the fourth highest donor designation rate in the state in 2017 at 75.32 percent.

In 2017, 2,383 of the 3,164 individuals obtaining or renewing their driver license or state identification through the clerk and recorder’s office opted to join the Donate Life Colorado Organ and Tissue Donor Registry. This demonstrates support also well above the national average of 50 percent.

“We are inspired by the generosity of Grand County citizens who are showing their support for donation at an ever‐growing rate,” said Sara Rosene, Grand County clerk and recorder. “We’re proud of our efforts to educate residents on the importance and lifesaving benefits of organ, eye and tissue donation.”

Donor Alliance, the federally designated non‐profit organization that facilitates organ and tissue donation in Colorado and most of Wyoming, recognized the Grand County Clerk and Recorder’s office for maintaining a donor designation rate over the state average for five years. Grand County has increased its rate from 65.63 percent in 2010 to 75.32 percent in 2017 by providing educational materials about organ and tissue donation in their office.

With nearly 2,500 people in Colorado on the transplant waiting list, opting in on donation supports the mission to save the lives of neighbors. Donor Alliance recorded another remarkable year for organ and tissue donation and transplantation, helping save the lives of 407 people through organ transplantation in 2017. The organization also worked with a record 1,752 tissue donors and their families to recover the lifesaving and healing tissue that will provide bone and skin grafts to thousands of recipients in need.

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