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BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Each month, “WBZ Cares” highlights a worthy non-profit organization and tells the story of what that organization does for the community. This month WBZ is profiling New England Donor Services, which coordinates organ and tissue donation in New England.

The larger the list of potential organ donors, the more lives that can be saved.

“There are thousands of people waiting for organ transplant. In the U.S. there are over 110,000 people waiting. And here in the New England region there’s several thousand. And unfortunately, there are not sufficient organs available to meet that need. The urgency is significant for us to do what we can to increase the availability of organs for these lifesaving transplants,” stated New England Donor Services President and CEO Alex Glazier.

New England Donor Services is based in Waltham and they operate 24/7.

Glazier says, “Organ donation and transplantation doesn’t wait. The time factor is critical. And so, when these opportunities happen, we need to be immediately available to follow up on them."

Glazier says it's easy to sign up to become an organ donor, “The vast majority of individuals that register as donors which in New England is about 50% of the adult population, the majority have done so through the DMV licensure renewal process. There are other options, and notably there is a registry through Donate Life America online, a website Registerme.org. It is very easy to get your name out there, and that decision that might take you less than 30 seconds to complete could save eight or nine lives.”

WBZ NewsRadio1030's Doug Cope Reports