Wisconsin organ registry grows from zero to 2.6M in 5 years

Wisconsin has seen the number of organ donors rise since relaunching the state’s donor registry in 2010.

Five years ago, Wisconsin had zero registered organ donors as the state transitioned into a new system that includes legal consent for the lifesaving medical procedure.

Now, about 2.6 million residents are registered as organ, eye and tissue donors. But a report by Gannett Wisconsin Media (http://gbpg.net/1Dqht4x ) says there are still some 2 million eligible residents who have not signed up.

Nationally, Wisconsin is slightly above average in the percentage of residents on its registry.

Advocates hope outreach efforts, especially during Donate Life Month in April, will push the state’s rate closer to 75 percent.