Sign up to 'Donate Life' on your driver's license or state ID
Did you know that one person can save up to eight lives by being an organ donor upon their passing…and by being a tissue donor can help up to 75 people?
Check to see if you’ve signed up to be an organ, eye and tissue donor by looking for the pink dot on your California driver’s license or state ID card. If you want to join the donor registry, or want to learn more, go to www.donatelifecalifornia.org/CityofLakewood.
Pictured above, Mayor Steve Croft and dozens of Lakewood employees and residents take a few minutes for a photo on National Blue & Green Day in support of registering more people to “Donate Life.”
“As I was reflecting on some special activities I wanted to undertake in my year as mayor,” said Croft, “I was inspired by a Lakewood resident, Maria Jimenez, who came to speak to our city council recently.”
“Maria spoke about her 22-year-old son, Adrian, who died from meningitis but had proudly signed up to become an organ and tissue donor. Through his decision, Adrian has saved and improved the lives of many people, even in his death.
“After hearing from Maria and others in the Donate Life organization, I have decided that as mayor I would like to draw attention to the cause of organ donation. I’ll be working with city staff on a few modest, but hopefully helpful efforts to remind people of the option to sign up to be an organ and tissue donor and to support public education about organ donation.
“I find the motto of Donate Life—borrowed from the famous poet Maya Angelou—to be very inspiring and to speak to the core values of so many Lakewood people, organizations and causes: ‘Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.’”