Plaque Honoring Local Living Organ Donor Unveiled in Fort Dodge
Fort Dodge, IA— Samantha Reeves of Fort Dodge saved her father’s life in 2015 when she donated a kidney to him. Now the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is honoring Samantha’s gift with a permanent plaque, which shares her story and the impact of her gift, at the new Fort Dodge Driver’s License Service Center.
The DOT collaborated with Iowa Donor Network to create the plaque. The two organizations hope Samantha’s story will inspire others in the community to say “YES” to becoming an organ, eye, and tissue donor when obtaining their driver’s license. The DOT has already installed similar plaques at three other service centers throughout the state and has plans to install several more soon. All the plaques honor a deceased donor, living donor, or recipient from the community in which the plaque is installed. More than 1.58 million Iowans are registered to be organ, eye, and tissue donors, 97% have registered when getting their driver’s license.
“Iowa Donor Network’s strong partnership the Iowa Department of Transportation and driver’s license service centers across Iowa is vital to growing Iowa’s donor registry and saving lives. A single organ donor can save up to eight lives and a single tissue donor can heal 50 – 300 people. It is our hope that one day every Iowan will be inspired to donate life,” said Heather Butterfield, Director of Strategic Communications at Iowa Donor Network.
There are more than 107,000 people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant in the United States, including nearly 600 in Iowa. Iowans can register to save lives at their local driver’s license service station or at IowaDonorNetwork.org.
For more information about Iowa Donor Network please visit our website at IowaDonorNetwork.org.