Donate Life Northwest
Tracy Hoyle needed a heart transplant when she was 29 yrs old. Her first experience or knowledge of donation was at age 16 when her mother died and became an organ donor. Her wait was relatively short and when she received the heart she and her husband were thrilled to have a new lease on life. All of the celebration came to a halt 2 mos. after the transplant when Tracy discovered she was pregnant. She and Derrick were frightened to think she might not be allowed to carry the baby because of her health. Those fears were diminished when their son Trent, now 9, came into the world. Tracy, Trent & Derrick appeared on AMNW shortly after he was born. Tracy is celebrating her 10th anniversary of her heart transplant.
Donate Life Northwest (formerly Oregon Donor Program) is celebrating its 35th anniversary, and Mary Jane Hunt, Executive Director, is celebrating her 25th year with the organization. The organization has gone from promoting donor cards to an on-line registry that currently has over 2 million Oregonians registered. The most significant change is that all those who have a D code on their driver’s license, permit or ID are entered into the Registry and their registration will be honored for those over the age of 18. This takes the burden from families in having to make a decision at the time of death. Many people still believe your family is required to give consent. (This is the point we’d like to get across and the need for more people to register.)
Three ways to register to be a donor: