Posted on February 20, 2020
HARTFORD – In order to promote the importance of organ and tissue donation by encouraging more people to donate, State Representative Robin Green (R-55) has proposed a bill that would seek to include this education among school curriculums across the state.
Per the proposal, school districts throughout Connecticut who aren’t currently participating in the program, would integrate the free 11-day Donate Life curriculum into their choice of Science, Math or Health related courses for students in Grade 6 through Grade 12.
“Educating students on the impact and lifesaving actions donations can have on the thousands of people on waiting lists can’t be overstated,” Rep. Green said. “Taking this issue to the classroom will expose both children and young adults to the truths and myths and how the gift of organ and tissue donation can truly save lives.”
According to Donate Life America, as of 2017, almost 120,000 men, women and children await lifesaving organ transplants with 82% of patients awaiting a kidney. A new person is added to the waiting list every ten minutes.
Their mission is dedicated to the purpose of public education and awareness for all Connecticut residents concerning the lifesaving benefits of organ and tissue donation and increasing the number of registered donors.
Public school districts in Lyme, Old Lyme, Madison, New Haven and Shelton currently implement the 11 Day Life organ and tissue donation program within their educational curriculum.
Anyone interested in becoming a donor can visit registerme.org and sign up.