Washington Post: Nearly 2.2 million Maryland residents (about half the state) registered to be organ donors  |  August 4, 2011

Via the Washington Post:

Though the choice is different for each person, the decision to become an organ donor has the potential to turn a tragic situation into hope for others.

Recently, two Anne Arundel County residents provided that hope.

 Terry Elvin Potts of Glen Burnie had his organs removed for donation after he was fatally injured when his car hit a utility pole in Shady Side.
And Kara Micciche, a 17-year-old Broadneck High School student who was fatally injured July 12 while crossing Ritchie Highway, played a part in helping seven people when her organs were donated.

Micciche and Potts are two of about 40 deceased donors in the state so far this year, according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network website.

They were also two of nearly 2.2 million people in the state — about 48 percent of Maryland’s population — registered to be organ donors, said Natalie Benavides, executive director of Donate Life Maryland, which runs the Maryland donor registry.

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