Donate Life Louisiana gets national award

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's organ donor registry has received a national silver medal for achieving four of five goals set by Donate Life America.

Donate Life Louisiana ended 2011 with 56 percent of all licensed drivers and 58 percent of all residents over the age of 17 registered as donors. And 52 percent of the people who died were registered as organ and tissue donors.

The national group wants registered donors to make up at least half of all licensed drivers and ID card holders, and half of all residents who are at least 18 years old. Its other three goals are to have registered organ, tissue and eye donors make up 40 percent of the people who die in a year.

Donate Life American presented the medals last month in Texas.

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