St. Paul, MN. - April marks national organ and tissue donor month.
In the last five months, more than 24,000 Minnesotans have become registered organ and tissue donors on their driver's license or ID cards.
The number of registered donors in Minnesota has increased to approximately 2.62 million.
More than 63 percent of Minnesotans are registered as organ, eye and tissue donors, compared to 48 percent nationally.
The increase followed the launch of a new organ, eye and tissue donor curriculum in October 2013 that was announced by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) and Minnesota's three donation agencies.
National Donate Life Month (NDLM) features local, regional and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.
Although the increase in the number of donors is significant and Minnesota ranks higher than the national average, more than 3,100 Minnesotans are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.