More than 120,000 people in the U.S. including 2,000 in the region covering Washington, Alaska, Montana and part of Idaho await an organ transplant, according to the Bellevue-based Life Center Northwest.
Fifty people can be saved or helped by one organ, eye and tissue donor, the organization said, noting 18 people die each day while waiting for a life-saving transplant.
For information about organ donation or how to sign up, go to www.lcnw.org or call 877-275-5269. People in Washington also can become registered donors when they renew their drivers license.
Phil Weitz, 57, of the Umatilla area, underwent a heart transplant in December 2012 and has become an advocate for organ donation. Hes part of a local support group for heart transplant recipients and donor families.
For more information, call him at 541-571-7455.