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Minnesota sees spike in registered organ donors

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The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) says there are 2.6 million registered organ, eye and tissue donors in Minnesota, a 13 percent jump over the last three years.

Minnesota Public Radio says the number released Thursday accounts for more than half, 63 percent, of the state and far surpasses the national average.

The department attributes the increase to strong support from Minnesota-based donor services like LifeSource, Minnesota Lions Eye Bank and American Donor Services, FOX 9 reported.

However, the demand for organs is still higher than what's available.

MPR said about 100 people died last year in Minnesota before they could receive a transplant. Currently, 3,100 Minnesotans are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.

DPS is attempting to grow awareness by launching the Make Your Mark program aimed at educating teens about becoming organ donors.

In addition to checking a box on driver's license and ID card forms, there are other ways to become an organ donor.

"You can also go to DonateLifeMidwest.org and register online," Sara Wolz McFee with Minnesota Lions Eye Bank told KSTP. "You can also place it in your health care directive."

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