New Wisconsin Online Organ Donor Registry

Donate Life HandsIn April 2010, Donate Life Wisconsin will open the doors of it’s new website,, to online organ donation registration.

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This is a first in Wisconsin’s history as they move from registering your choice to become an organ donor from the Wisconsin Department of Transplant (DOT) to a simple-to use online form to clearly move participants from the status of organ donor intent to organ donor authorization.

What does this mean for Wisconsin residents?

The status of intent means that Wisconsin residences have notified their intent to become an organ donor to the state through adding the famous orange dot to their driver’s license. However, family members can easily reject the use of a loved one’s organs, tissue and eyes for donation when the decision to do so is almost unbearable.

The status of authorization acts as a health care proxy to have the potential organ donor’s decision made clear when the time comes to donate. This acts as a double opt-in system that healthcare professionals can easily look up to verify the deceased last wishes.

The online registry will give the opportunity for a person to have their final wishes heard more clearly should there be any confusion upon their death.

The online registry:

  • Is totally secure as only healthcare professionals with highly secure codes can access the system.
  • Conforms to HIPPA laws.
  • Can be easily updated to add or remove yourself from them registry at any time.
  • Will replace the orange stickers on your driver’s license.

Those currently listed as a registered organ, tissue and eye donor through the Wisconsin DOT will slowly be moved over to the system as they renew their driver’s license or take initiative to go online to after April 1st, 2010 to authorize their consent to be a life-saving hero.

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After her husband received a double-lung (bilateral) transplant in 2004, Shannon founded the Angel Cove Organ Donation Awareness Shop, which provides awareness t-shirts and gifts products for transplant recipients, living organ donors and donor families - giving 100% of the profits to help heart and lung transplant recipients with medical costs. Shannon lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her wonderful husband and two chocolate Labrador Retrievers.

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