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Colorado Earns Top Spot in the Nation for Highest Donor Designation Rate; Wyoming is Sixth in the Nation

State DDR ChartDonor Alliance, the federally designated non-profit organization that facilitates organ and tissue donation in Colorado and most of Wyoming, announced today that the organization’s two-state region has earned some of the nation’s highest Donor Designation Rates (DDR) in 2018. Donor Designation Rate or DDR is the rate at which individuals join the state organ and tissue donor registry as a percentage of licensed drivers and ID card holders.

An amazing 69.1% of Coloradans said Yes to organ, eye and tissue donation in 2018 and 60.6% of Wyomingites said Yes, both surpassing the national average of 49%, according to Donate Life America (DLA). Year after year, Colorado and Wyoming remain among the top states in the country in respect to DDR. We further explain why Coloradans and Wyomingites might be so generous and willing to say Yes to organ, eye and tissue donation, here.

“We are humbled and inspired by the generosity of the more than two-thirds of Colorado and Wyoming residents in our communities that have made this landmark achievement possible through their selfless decisions to sign up as organ, eye and tissue donors,” said Sue Dunn, Donor Alliance president and CEO. “We also could not have reached this milestone without the help of our partners. We’re grateful for their support and the support of the communities we serve. Yet, we know our work is never done and we will continue to work tirelessly on behalf of those still waiting for a lifesaving transplant.”

An amazing 69.1% of Coloradans have said Yes to organ, eye and tissue donation and 60.6% of Wyomingites have said Yes, both surpassing the national average of 49%, according to Donate Life America (DLA).

To recognize the efforts of Donor Alliance and the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles in solidifying donor designation in Colorado, DLA in partnership with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Associations (AAMVA), awarded Colorado the Gold Award for highest DDR in the region and in the nation.

“Our front-line team members work diligently to register as many donors as possible,” Robert Baker, interim driver license director said. “Everyone at the DMV realizes the gravity of our partnership with Donor Alliance, and we are glad to do our small part in helping save lives.”AAMVA Region 4

Wyoming was also recognized by AAMVA with the Bronze Award for the third highest DDR in the region in addition to placing in the top 10 in the nation for DDR.

Join the 69.1% of Coloradans and 60.6% of Wyomingites and say Yes to organ, eye and tissue donation when you renew or obtain your driver license or state ID or sign up anytime online at donatelifecolorado.org or donatelifewyoming.org.

DMV Appreciation Week is around the corner! It’s a time to recognize and thank driver license partners for their support and commitment to asking the donation question of their customers every day. Learn more, here!