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ORGAN DONATION: 3 reasons Minnesota is better than America

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FACTS

63 percent of Minnesotans are registered organ, eye and tissue donors, compared to 43 percent nationally.

The number of registered donors in Minnesota has increased 13 percent in three years to 2.6 million.

More than 3,100 Minnesotans are waiting for an organ transplant.

Last year, 3,845 Americans, including 101 people in Minnesota, died while waiting for a transplant.

WHY SO HIGH IN MINNESOTA?

Donor services: The Minnesota Department of Public Safety attributed much of Minnesota's high organ donor rate to the support and commitment of LifeSource, Minnesota Lions Eye Bank and American Donor Services.

You and $2: Minnesotans applying for or renewing their driver's licenses or state ID cards are able to contribute $2 to the program, which funds organ donation education. More than $108,000 has been raised since 2012, with some of that money going toward the promotion of organ donation in driver's education curriculum.

Minnesota Nice: "Minnesotans are generous and are eager to support important work, so it's no wonder that more than half of our friends and neighbors are organ donors," said Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman.

You can see a video featuring stories of Minnesota teens affected by organ donation and transplants, and register to be an organ donor, at donatelifemn.org

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