Drive for Life Act allows teenagers in Illinois to become donors

'Drive for Life Act' allows teenagers in Illinois to become donors

A new bill is working to reduce the number of people on the organ and tissue donor waiting list, by allowing teens to become donors.

In Illinois, there are 4,700 people on the waiting list every year for a transplant and of those, 300 people die each year waiting for a transplant, according to a statement released by Governor Rauner’s office.

The new bill, also known as the ‘Drive for Life Act’, allows 16 and 17-year-olds to voice their interest in becoming a donor.

The hope is that it adds hundreds of donors to the transplant registry.

“This law provides a huge shot in the arm to help ensure we have an adequate supply of organs and tissue for those in need,” said Henry Haupt, with the Secretary of State’s Office.

Illinois will be one of 47 other states that allow 16 and 17-year-old to register.

Officials said putting the bill together was a process and they are happy it passed.

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