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National Donate Life Month

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MADISON (WKOW) -- It's National Donate Life Month.

Rick Daluge, with Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin, says this month is an opportunity to raise awareness of just how important organ, tissue and eye donation is. He said it's also an opportunity to highlight the number of people that one donor can help.

Daluge said anyone 16 and older can register to be a donor online. He said you can register as soon as you have a driver's license, but next of kin consent is required until the donor reaches age 18.

If you already have an orange dot on your license, Daluge said you may not actually be registered. If you received the donor dot before March 29, 2010, it indicates your desire, but is not considered first person consent, meaning your next of kin can reverse your decision if they wished to.

"Signing on the donor registry, or at the DMV when renewing your license, is considered first person consent and your family can not change your decision," Daluge said. "You of course can change your mind and take your name of the registry if you choose."

If you would like to learn more about Donate Life Wisconsin, click here.

Daluge joins us on 27 News at 5 on Thursday.

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