SHERIFF’S OFFICE COMMITS TO LIFESAVING MISSION OF ORGAN DONATION
HOUSTON, TX – Sheriff Adrian Garcia and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) have partnered with LifeGift to promote organ and tissue donation among HCSO employees and the community. The HCSO is the first law enforcement agency to become a Workplace Partner with LifeGift, the local not-for-profit procurement organization dedicated to recovering organs and tissue for individuals needing transplants.
“We, in law enforcement, are in the business of saving lives every day so it makes perfect sense for my office to partner with LifeGift and continue that mission beyond what we normally do,” said Sheriff Garcia, a registered organ donor.
Spearheaded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the Workplace Partnership for Life initiative is designed to increase donor education and participation among Fortune 500 companies, hospitals and other entities. As a Workplace Partner, the HCSO will provide educational resources to its staff and encourage organ and tissue donation, especially among the minority populations where there’s a disproportion in the number of patients needing a transplant and donors.
Approximately 50 percent of patients needing a transplant belong to a racial/ethnic minority but minority donors account for only about 25% of the available donor pool. Patients in need of a transplant are more likely to find a genetically compatible match within their own racial/ethnic group.
Currently more than 7,000 Texans are on the organ transplant waiting list. Less than 10 percent of Texans over the age of 18 are registered. Registering to become an organ, eye and tissue donor is quick, easy and free. You can do so online at www.donatelifetexas.org.
The Harris County Sheriff's Office is the largest sheriff's office in Texas and the third largest in the United States. Our more than 3,700 employees are committed to the safety of the nearly 4 million residents who call Harris County home. For more information on the HCSO, visit www.hcso.hctx.net.