Senate Bill 552

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Please help us pass this important legislation in California, which is set for a hearing on Wednesday, July 1!

Donate Life California, administrator of the state-authorized organ and tissue donor registry, is sponsoring Senate Bill 552, which would require public high schools that elect to offer health education classes to include 15 minutes on organ and tissue donation. Our goal is to provide students with the foundational knowledge about donation so that they can make an informed decision at the time they first apply to get their drivers license or identification card at the DMV.

Donate Life California is committed to providing schools with instructional materials so there will be no additional cost to our schools or state.

Please personalize the attached letter and email to info@donatelifeca.org or fax to 916-880-3510. The favor of your reply by end of day this Friday (6/26) would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you for supporting our lifesaving mission!

Begin form letter:

June 25, 2009
The Honorable Julia Brownley
Chair, Assembly Education Committee
1020 N Street, Room 159
Sacramento, CA 95814
Re: SB 552 (Padilla) – Support
Dear Assemblymember Brownley:
As a [INSERT CONNECTION TO TRANSPLANTATION, i.e. heart recipient], I am proud to support SB 552 (Padilla), which would require health classes in grades 9-10 to include education on organ and tissue donation and
recovery. The goal of SB 552 is to meet the ongoing need for donated organs and tissues by enabling high school students to make an informed decision as to whether to register as organ and tissue donors when they apply for their
first driver’s license.
I strongly believe in educating our students on organ and tissue donation.

[WRITE BRIEF PERSONAL STORY DESCRIBING HOW YOU HAVE BEEN TOUCHED BY ORGAN
DONATION/TRANSPLANTATION].

Donate Life California, administrator of the state-authorized organ and tissue donor registry, is committed to providing
schools with instructional materials so there will be no additional costs to our schools or the state.
A recent study shows overall support (72% of those surveyed, with 47% indicating strong support) for educating
soon-to-be-licensed teenagers on organ and tissue donation. SB 552 will make such education much more
widespread, and equipped with foundational knowledge about organ and tissue donation, first-time drivers can make
a confident decision about their opportunity to save lives as registered organ and tissue donors.

Sincerely,
First & Last Name
Street Address
City, State Zip
Email

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3 Comments

  1. Hi! Thanks for supporting Donate Life California! I'm just curious how you were inspired to support the cause of organ and tissue donation? Sandy

  2. Sandy- I'm waiting for a kidney (my second) at UCSF after a transplant from my mom failed this past fall. (Hoping you come back here to see this!)

  3. Hi Liz, So sorry you're back on the list. Any updates? Would you be interested in volunteering with CTDN? (www.ctdn.org) You can reach me at sandradaATctdn.org. 🙂

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