Colorado/Wyoming Organ and Tissue Group Sets Donor Record in June

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The Donor Alliance, the organ procurement organization for Colorado and Wyoming, had a record number of organ donors in June. A record "authorization rate" -- the times families said yes when approached -- set the stage for the organ donor record.

Donor Alliance, the non-profit organ procurement organization serving Colorado and most of Wyoming had a record month in June with 17 organ donors, more than in any month in the past. This increase is important, due to long waiting lists for organs in the Rocky Mountain region.

“In Colorado and Wyoming, an average of nine people die each month waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant,” explained Sue Dunn, CEO of Donor Alliance. “Having months where donation and transplant rates are high is very exciting to us as we continue to work hard to shorten the waiting list for organs.”

“Speaking with families at a very difficult time in their lives is the most important thing we do each day,” Amy Iveson, VP of OPO Operations for Donor Alliance said. “A family’s decision to say yes to donation is lifesaving, and our staff strives to be sensitive to every need a family has as they go through the donation process.”

Iveson also credited a high “authorization rate” for reaching the record. The authorization rate measures what percentage of the time a family says “yes” when approached for organ and tissue donation. “Record authorization rates in June means more families in our two state region said, ‘yes, we want to save lives!’” Iveson said.

Iveson thanks hospitals in Colorado and Wyoming for the key role they play in ensuring that organ and tissue donation occurs. “We have seen a growing number of hospitals become increasingly dedicated to organ and tissue donation. At the end of the day, their support of donation will save lives,” she noted.

Currently close to 1,700 people in Colorado and Wyoming are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. For more information about organ and tissue donation call Donor Alliance at 303-329-4747 or visit

To register your decision to be an organ and tissue donor, visit or

About Donor Alliance

Donor Alliance is the federally designated non-profit organ procurement organization serving Colorado and Wyoming. As a recognized leader in facilitating the donation and recovery of transplantable organs and tissues, Donor Alliance’s primary objectives are to save and enhance the lives of others. To achieve these objectives, Donor Alliance employs an effective family approach and recovery programs in over 100 hospitals, and increases the awareness of the need for organ and tissue donation through public awareness and education campaigns in its service area. For more information, please visit


Jennifer Moe 303-329-4747, Donor Alliance contact

Erich Kirshner 303-320-7790, Media contact

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