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2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
April 14, 2015 - Introduced by Senators Olsen, Darling, Risser, Harris Dodd,
Lassa, Marklein, Ringhand and L. Taylor, cosponsored by Representatives
Ballweg, Berceau, Bowen, Brandtjen, E. Brooks, Considine, Edming,
Gannon, Goyke, Hebl, Horlacher, Jacque, Jorgensen, Knodl, Kolste, T.
, Milroy, Mursau, Murtha, A. Ott, Petryk, Riemer, Ripp, Sargent,
Shankland, Sinicki, Spreitzer, Subeck, Tauchen, C. Taylor, Thiesfeldt,
Tittl and Weatherston. Referred to Committee on Senate Organization.
SJR25,1,1 1Relating to: declaring April 2015 Donate Life Month.
SJR25,1,42 Whereas, each year since 2003 during the month of April we recognize the
3critical need for organ, eye, and tissue donation and honor those individuals who
4have donated life; and
SJR25,1,8   5Whereas, the list of people awaiting organ transplants in Wisconsin numbers
6more than 2,300 names, nearly half of whom have waited more than two years, and
7nationally more than 123,000 individuals are on the organ transplant waiting list at
8any given time; and
SJR25,1,10   9Whereas, every ten minutes another man, woman, or child is added to the
10national transplant waiting list; and
SJR25,1,12   11Whereas, there were 685 transplants performed in Wisconsin in 2013 from the
12generosity of 333 donors and donor families; and
SJR25,1,14   13Whereas, despite the success of current efforts, 21 people die each day waiting
14for a donor organ; and
  1Whereas, up to 30,000 people each year are diagnosed with leukemia or other
2blood diseases and approximately 20,000 will not find a marrow donor match within
3their family and must rely upon the generosity of strangers; and
SJR25,2,6   4Whereas, nearly 32,000 units of blood are used in the United States every day
5and blood supply reserves are often low because only 5 percent of the population
6donates blood regularly; and
SJR25,2,9   7Whereas, a single individual's donation of heart, lungs, liver, kidneys,
8pancreas, and small intestine can save up to eight lives, and donation of tissue can
9help save or enhance the lives of as many as 50 recipients; and
SJR25,2,11   10Whereas, almost every individual regardless of age is a potential organ, tissue,
11bone marrow, or blood donor; and
SJR25,2,13   12Whereas, transplantation has become an element of mainstream medicine that
13prolongs and enhances life; now, therefore, be it
SJR25,2,16 14Resolved by the senate, the assembly concurring, That the members of the
15Wisconsin legislature proclaim April 2015 as Donate Life Month in the state of
16Wisconsin, and commend this observance to all citizens; and, be it further
SJR25,2,21 17Resolved, That the members of the legislature call upon our citizens to learn
18about the importance of organ, tissue, bone marrow, and blood donation, to sign up
19to be a donor at the Wisconsin donor registry at or
20through the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles, and to discuss such decision with
21their families and friends; and, be it further
SJR25,2,23 22Resolved, That the senate chief clerk shall provide a copy of this joint
23resolution to Donate Life Wisconsin, Inc.
SJR25,2,2424 (End)