#GotHeart campaign highlights National Donor Day

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 13, 2015)-- February 14 isn't just Valentine's Day - It's National Donor Day.

More than 1,500 Hoosiers are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.

Malakai Cruse, 6, is organ donor recipient. Cruse  received a liver as an infant due to his diagnosis with Biliary Artresia.

"My liver was all green and yucky," said Malakai Cruse.

Added his mother Carah Cruse, "Organ donation has changed my family's future. If Malakai had not received a liver transplant, he would not be here today. He completes our family, and I cannot imagine life without him."

More than 123,000 people in the United States are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, and 1,500 of those are Hoosiers.

The Indiana Organ Procurement Organization wants more Hoosiers to sign up to donate. 70 percent of Hoosiers are already registered.

"We really need to get that other thirty percent aware of organ and tissue donation," said Corinne Osinski-Carey with the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization.

Valentine's Day is also National Donor Day - organs, tissues, marrow, platelets and blood.

Nothing is more romantic than sharing the gift of life!

"Hoosiers need to be reminded to make an organ donation decision and to have that conversation with their family. Valentine's Day and National Organ Donor Day is a great time to remember to have that conversation with your family," said Macey Henderson, Public Health Expert at the Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health and Living Kidney Donor.

Hoosiers can sign up at the BMV to be a registered donor.

Click here to learn more about the #GotHeart campaign for National Donor Day.

"He is six years old and his life has been extended because of someone's else's selfless decision to be an organ donor," said Cruse.