How to become a donor

Tri-City HeraldJune 14, 2014 

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 or call 877-275-5269. People in Washington also can become registered donors when they renew their driver’s license.

Phil Weitz, 57, of the Umatilla area, underwent a heart transplant in December 2012 and has become an advocate for organ donation. He’s part of a local support group for heart transplant recipients and donor families.

For more information, call him at 541-571-7455.

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