Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas There are more than 121,000 Americans, with more than 5,000 in New England, and over 3,000 in Massachusetts who are currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant; and

Whereas There are over one million life-enhancing tissue transplants each year that are made possible by the generous donation of corneas, bone, skin or other tissue; and

Whereas We can all help to save someone's life and benefit up to 50 recipients by signing up to become an organ and tissue donor by enrolling in the Massachusetts Donor Registry when we apply for - or renew - our drivers licenses or by registering online at www.DonateLifeNewEngland.org; and

Whereas Massachusetts is home to the pioneering efforts of many of the world's first organ transplant surgeons, it is fitting that Massachusetts continue its unique leadership role and join in the national goal of signing up 50% of our driving population to become donors and is dedicated to making it fast and easy to sign up to save a life through our Registry of Motor Vehicles; and

Whereas This observance pays tribute to organ and tissue donors and their families whose decision to donate life enables others to receive life-saving organs and tissues for transplant,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim April, 2014, to be,

DONATE LIFE MONTH

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this fourteenth day of March, in the year two thousand and fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts