This is the first ever D-M-V appreciation week across
It's a chance for the Donate Life organization to
thank D-M-V employees for their work in signing drivers
up for organ donation.
News eight's Eric Jacobson joins us now with more.
For more than 25 years.
D-M-V customer service representatives have been asking
a simple question to those that come through their
They ask if you wish to become an organ donor upon
an unexpected death.
And for one individual who received the gift of life
*from* that question.
it was important to come back and thank those who
help save lives.
Outside the DMV in Onalaska.
it is dark and damp.
Carol Hay is delivering a warm message of thank you.
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that thank you is personal.
I have a genetic kidney disease, and there's no cure
for that disease, and I was facing dialysis about
five years ago.
That's when Hay received word that she would receive
I would say that was a bundle of emotions.
First, I was thrilled, but secondly, I was thinking
about that family that was going through a very dark
time in their life.
Having made that decision to allow their loved one
to go on and leave a legacy with the gift of organs
to help other people.
It's been from that moment....
I have felt it very important to pay it forward.
That Hay decided to join the organization Donate Life
to spread that message of thanks.
600,000 people in Wisconsin actually agreed to be
donors in Wisconsin last year in 2015, and for that,
we need to thank our DMV friends for helping us accomplish
Officials with the DMV remind everyone of the simple
The first question on our application for driver's
license and ID is, Do you wish to be registered as
an organ, tissue, and eye donor? And there's a box
to check yes.
And with a process that takes only seconds.
it's a decision that can save a life.
Giving the gift of life, and leaving a legacy that
lives on in other people, can make a tremendous impact
in somebody else's life.
In Onalaska, EJ, N8.
Hay's donor actually came from this area.
which she says gave today's thank you at the Onalaska
a more special meaning.
?Is there any criteria that must be met to become
an organ donor?
Officials at the D-M-V stress that everyone.
regardless of age or health.
is eligible to become a donor.