Patrick Administration Launches Newest RMV Web Service Online Transaction Captures Spirit of Season

(Boston, MA) - Registrar Rachel Kaprielian today announced a new online RMV service that gives customers a more convenient way to become organ and tissue donors. They can now click on the internet to register with the New England Organ Bank on www.massrmv.com.

"Every day 17 people die waiting for lifesaving organ and tissue transplants," said Registrar Kaprielian. "Right now 3,000 Massachusetts residents are on the waiting list. With our newest RMV service, registering to save a life will be just a click away."

Sean Fitzpatrick, Public Affairs Director for NEOB added, "Donor registries work. Over the last two years, New England Organ Bank identified 46 organ donors through the Massachusetts Donor Registry. These donors saved the lives of over 140 transplant recipients. That is 140 people who otherwise may have died if it were not for the Donor Registry. This online donor sign up option will make it easier to save more lives."

Last month the agency added organ and tissue donor registration to the dozen web transactions available on the RMV Express Lane. Since then, 120 people have joined more than 1.9 million other Massachusetts residents in adding the heart symbol to their driver's license, the symbol of legal consent to donate life.

Ann Linehan embarked on a mission to raise awareness of the critical need for donor transplants following the death of her daughter Laura. The 20 year old Melrose girl died on the day a new liver became available. She did not survive the transplant surgery.

"As a parent all you wan to do is protect your child," said Linehan. "If there is something that can save her life, you desperately want to get your hands on it. I remember before Laura died that we had lots of hope. That's what the Donor Registry offers people in our situation-hope."

Alan Grossman of Brookline spent an agonizing year and a half waiting for a new heart. "There are only two ways to get off the donor waiting list--with a transplant or without one. I am one of the lucky ones and I am so grateful to people who become donors. I am living proof of the courageous decision they made."

When Fall River's Rose Mary Saraiva's 23 year old daughter died, her organs saved the lives of three people. "I remember when Rachel renewed her driver's license; she was so excited to sign up for the Donor Registry. It's an amazing gift that continues to give and helps us to know our loved ones continue on."

Currently 39 percent of Massachusetts' 4.6 million drivers are registered organ donors. The RMV and NEOB hope to increase Donor Registry membership to 70 percent of all licensed drivers.

The organ donor web registration is the fifth online service to be added to the RMV website in the last 18 months which has generated a 37 percent increase in Express Lane internet transactions.

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