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MercyOne, Iowa Donor Network highlight importance of being an organ donor

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -- The importance of being an organ donor was on display Monday for National Donate Life Month
MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center partnered with Iowa Donor Network to hold their seventh annual Donate Life flag-raising ceremony.

Right now there are nearly 107,000 people nationwide on the waiting list to receive an organ transplant. 585 of those people are in Iowa.

Health officials emphasize the importance of checking "yes" when getting your license to register to be an organ donor.

"It's the way we look at giving that gift of life. 95 percent of Iowans say they support helping others, but only 77 percent are registered and so we try and encourage people to say yes," said Iowa Donor Network Coordinator John Jorgensen.

To check if you are an organ donor, you can look for a heart or the letter Y on your driver's license.

If you are not registered, but would like to, you can go to and do so electronically.

Libbie Randall

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