The demand for organs nationwide is growing by the minute, with over 100,000 people on waiting lists nationwide and 1,400 waiting in Wisconsin. As demand increases, Governor Jim Doyle says Wisconsinites are making their wishes known that they want to donate life. The Governor says Wisconsin is leading the nation when it comes to organ donations, with over 767 organ transplants completed in the state in 2006.
The families of those donors were honored Friday, during the annual "Gift of Life" Medal ceremony at the executive residence in Madison. Doyle thanked them for turning a tragic loss into a gift.
Wisconsin residents have the option of identifying themselves as organ donors on a state issue driver's license or ID card. The Governor says about half the state has made that choice so far. He's is encouraging the rest will make their choice known.