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Wednesday, 18 April 2012 13:07

Speaker Pérez, Donate Life California Honor Organ, Tissue Donation Heroes

Sacramento - In honor of National Donate Life Month, California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Donate Life California (DLC) held a press conference today at the State Capitol with donor family and recipient heroes who have inspired others to become organ, eye and tissue donors. For Speaker Pérez, organ donation is a deeply personal issue. During the news conference the Speaker talked about how his father was an organ donor after he was killed in a car accident, “It was a painful moment for my family, accepting my father’s death, but it was a moment that also brought us comfort knowing that even though we had lost our Dad other families would get a new lease on life through the donation of his organs and tissue.”

Donate Life California recently announced that nine million Californians had signed up on the state’s Donate Life California Organ & Tissue Donor Registry – a new record high. Nearly 22,000 Californians now wait for life-saving organs. One organ donor can save up to eight lives, and one tissue donor can heal or enhance the lives of 50 more.

The Donate Life California Organ & Tissue Donor Registry is the nonprofit, state-authorized organ and tissue donor registry which records the decision to donate in a secure, confidential database that is searched by authorized organ and tissue recovery personnel at the time of an actual donation opportunity. It is administered by Donate Life California and California’s four nonprofit, federally designated organ recovery organizations: California Transplant Donor Network, Sierra Donor Services, Lifesharing and OneLegacy. For more information about the Donate Life California Registry, how donation saves and improves lives, please visit, or in Spanish at

CONTACT: John Vigna (916) 319-2408

Website of Speaker John A. Pérez:

Below is a link to audio of Speaker Pérez:

Remarks from Speaker John Pérez at today's Donate Life news conference. (3:16)