And although local registration rates are higher, with 72 percent of adults in Kansas and 75 percent of adults in Missouri registered as organ donors, the demand still far exceeds the supply.
Canada has seen an increase in people who are interested in becoming organ donors after being inspired by one of the victims of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.
When a person renews their license or health card at Service Ontario, they should be given the option to become an organ donor, but they can also register or check their donor status at BeADonor.ca. The students share with me how the campaign became personal as Ashley Panahagahi has family members in need of organ donation. "You never know when this kind of tragedy could happen to you".
Ronnie Gavsie, president and CEO of the Trillium Gift of Life Network, called Boulet "an example to all Canadians".
Logan Boulet had been on life-support to allow for the organ donation process to take place.
That's as we hear the terrifying figure that three people die needlessly every day waiting for an organ.
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The cause of the crash was unclear and an investigation has been launched, the country's defence ministry said in a statement. CBS News affiliate KPHO said more than half a dozen emergency vehicles quickly arrived at the scene of the crash.
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says that since she began having staff and branch offices ask people to consider signing up for the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, the number of adults on the registry has more than doubled.
"I want everyone out there to put their name on the donor list because you can save so many people's lives if you just do that", an emotional Susan Procack told CTV Toronto.
In Utah alone, there are around 800 people waiting to receive a transplant.
Doctors say Mason will need a liver transplant at some point in his life because of a rare childhood disease, Vanderhart said, and organ donations like Boulet's mean "the world" to many other families in similar positions.
"The decision to donate organs is a powerful gift, made more poignant because it often happens at an incredibly hard time", said Alberta Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Sarah Hoffman.