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Heart Recipient Thanks Staff At St. Louis DMV

Brett Blume
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Larry Bonds (KMOX/Brett Blume)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  It’s probably not something that happens a lot…somebody walking into the Department of Motor Vehicles to thank them for the work they do.

But it happened Thursday morning at St. Louis City Hall when 55-year-old Larry Bonds walked in with a basketful of T-shirts and handed them out to DMV workers, shaking their hands and thanking them for adding hundreds of thousands of people to the organ and tissue donor registry.

Bonds, who received a heart transplant after nearly dying in 2008, said he owes his life to the DMV program.

“I’m here at the DMV to raise awareness about being registered on the donor list, to wear that badge of honor,” Bonds said. “Join the donor registry because there’s someone out there that can benefit from it.”

Tammy McLane with Mid-America Transplant Services claims that the simple fact that DMV askes people renewing their driver’s licenses whether they’d like to become an organ donor accounts for a staggering 98% of all registrations with the program.

But she’d like to see more St. Louis-area residents take part.

“Right now in Missouri the donor sign-up rate is about forty percent,” according to McLane. “In the city of St. Louis it’s about twenty-four percent, so we’re really encouraging people during this ‘Donate Life’ month to .say ‘Yes’ to donation, to join the registry.”

You can find out more about the program and how to sign up online at www.mts-stl.org.

Friday, April 20th has been degisnated National Donate Life Blue and Green Day in which Americans are encouraged to wear the Donate Life colors to show their support for organ and tissue donation.

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