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In past years, the people of Idaho were challenged to make a New Year’s resolution to help save lives by signing up on the Idaho Donor Registry. Well, people listened — they made their resolutions, and phenomenal things happened.

In 2017, the Idaho Donor Registry reached a new level of almost 800,000 people; about 67 percent of licensed drivers in Idaho are signed up. Compared to the rest of the nation, Idaho has one of the highest rates of participation on a donor registry. This says a lot about the giving, caring nature of the citizens of Idaho.

Because of these high participation rates, more lives were saved than ever before — 169 people received lifesaving transplants in 2016 because people said “Yes” to organ donation. Again — people caring about people and doing something about it.

Thanks to the people of Idaho who care so much about their fellow citizens, we are ending the suffering of many waiting for transplants. If you haven’t joined the Idaho Donor Registry, I challenge you to make one of your New Year’s Resolutions to help others. Sign up by saying “Yes” on your driver’s license, call 1-866-937-4324 or go to www.yesidaho.org. Get the facts and help save lives.

Keep up the good work, Idaho! The rest of the nation looks to your giving state as a beacon of hope for what they want to accomplish.

Alex McDonald is communications director for Intermountain Donor Services.

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