News we love: Sign up to become an organ donor on your iPhone

Here’s some news about organ donation that we wanted to make sure you saw.

A new technology update for iPhones will make signing up to become an organ donor easier.  

By this fall, people will be able to register through their devices to be organ, tissue and eye donors.

We’re all for making registering as simple as possible because so many more lives could be saved if more people agreed to donate.

More than 3,400 Ohioans are waiting for a lifesaving transplant, while only 58 percent of Ohio residents are registered donors.

As central Ohio’s only adult Comprehensive Transplant Center, we see daily how organ donation gives years of healthy life back to very sick people – often our neighbors and our Ohio State alums.

More than 121,000 Americans need a transplant. That’s more than enough to fill Ohio Stadium.

Apple Inc. announced the plan recently, working with Donate Life America, which will receive all registrations directly and add the people to its National Donate Life Registry. The feature will be available through the phones’ Health app when Apple’s iOS10 operating system is released this fall. If you are already registered as a donor through the Ohio BMV, there is no need to also join the national registry.

In the meantime, it’s still a great idea to sign on to be an organ donor when you renew your driver’s license. Don’t wait! You can get to a registry signup right now through our #Buckeye4Life page.

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