Katie Couric's Notebook: Organ Donation

You may have heard of Anne Pressley. She was a young and promising local news anchor in Arkansas. Anne died after a brutal attack in her home, and the story made headlines all across the country.

Not only did her death touch millions, but her generosity saved lives. Anne was an organ donor.

For the first time in history, more than 100,000 people are waiting for organ and tissue donations. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says the need for organ donation is particularly great in minority communities, which have higher rate of heart, lung, liver and pancreas disease than the general population.

Organ donation is so easy. You can register with your state donor registry, register when you get your new drivers license, or just go to OrganDonor.gov and download a registration card.

A TV career can make you famous. Saving lives? Well, that makes you a hero.
  • Katie Couric

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