The Gift of Life Award will now be available to all organ or tissue donors who wish to be recognized. (TRT: 60) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD

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The Gift of Life Award honors individuals who have made an incredible gift of organ donation upon their death. Previously, only six individuals per year were given the award. Now, all individuals who have donated an organ or tissue will be eligible for a Gift of Life Award. Sen. Christine Rolfes of Kitsap County sponsored the bill signed by Gov. Inslee on Thursday. Sen. Rolfes:

Sen. Christine Rolfes, D- Kitsap County: (TRT: 17) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “Last year, for example, 197 people were organ donors in this state and to have to choose six out of 197 just doesn’t seem right. And so that’s why the the award is special. Instead of having six families at a ceremony being honored we have many, many, many families.”

The Governor’s Office presents the Gift of Life Award each year to the families of those being honored. One organ donor can save or enhance the lives of more than 50 people. The award was established in 1998 and is inscribed with the words, “For the greatest act of kindness in donating organs to save the lives of others.”

Nicole Vukonich reporting in Olympia.