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Save eight lives by donating your organs

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More than 123,000 people in the U.S. are on the waiting list for an organ transplant.

Seven percent of them will die before they are able to receive that transplant.

According to the American Transplant Foundation, on average 21 people die daily from the lack of available organs for transplant.

Your donation can save a life, and signing up may be simpler than you ever imagined.

Sarasota resident, Ralph Johnson is a one year post transplant organ recipient, he was near deaths door, his liver failing fast.

"It was so serious that I had my liver transplant on July 12th, on July 13th they were going to send me to hospice." Said Johnson.

Johnson's hard to match Type B Negative took him down to the last twenty four hours. But a match was found, and Johnson is now the picture of good health.

But others on the list will not be as lucky, and those needing immediate transplants are perhaps in the most vulnerable situation.

Ron Bognar of Sarasota explained what compelled him to will parts of his body to another person.

"I am an organ donor in the State of Florida, It's on my drivers license, and I just believe in trying to help other people when you don't need them anymore." Said Bognar.

Every twelve seconds, a name is added to the existing national transplant waiting list, but you can help bring those numbers down by being a donor.

Check the box on your drivers license, register with Be The Match, or donate through Life Florida on the governments website.

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