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Username: Happy2bhere

Post Number: 4208
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Monday, June 27, 2011 - 04:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

I posted this on the "Comment Section"......

"I have had personalized plates on my car for 8yrs here in Texas. I am a heart transplant recipient and I love to show folks the importance of organ donation as noted on my lic plates. The extra cost is $35 per year and I am very proud to pay it."

.....of a news article I read online about Vanity Lic Plates.

Ol' Bob

P.S. I hope the yearly cost does not increase too much in the future.
Texas Bob
My Organ Donor Tees

Heart Transplant performed Jan 28th 1991
Bob Heart Transplant Story

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Username: Papillonbleu

Post Number: 2024
Registered: 10-2007
Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 08:35 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

I am glad that your state offers this option for your license plates. My state of Kentucky is in the process of trying to gather enough support to get a license plate supporting organ donation, but, unfortunately, it has been hard so far to find enough people to support it so that this can be an option in the future. I put in money for a license plate even though I do not have a car in trying to help. I hope it eventually can be worked out.
Forum Leader-Multivisceral
dx: GERD 1995, gastroparesis 2002, pseudo-obstruction of the bowel 2004
multivisceral transplant, 6 organs, 10/06/05
University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital

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Username: Breathinsteven

Post Number: 2315
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 09:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

I got vanity plates shortly after my transplant -- Our car sports plates that read, "LUNG TX"... Now and then I get asked "why Texas", and I have to explain that some use TX as shorthand for "transplant"...

Illinois changed their plates a year or so after I got mine -- so they were replaced... It was kinda neat because I was able to send one of my plates to Kari's family, and I gave the other to my procurement nurses, where it still hangs in their office...

A few years after I got them -- Illinois came out with donor plates honoring Walter Payton... A few people at our Secretary of State's office were all excited about getting them for me with my current license configuration -- but then I found out that they only allow 5 characters on those plates -- and I wasn't willing to give up my current tags...

I had a funny situation in our local grocery store parking lot... Several years ago there was a high profile lung transplant in our area -- a big snow in Buffalo, NY, closed down the airport, plus the president and Air Force One was on the ground there -- they managed to get clearance to get a plane in there and allow it to take off during a crazy storm, because they had lungs there for a guy in Chicago who was really in his last moments... He's still around with his beautiful lungs -- after his transplant, they interviewed one of our procurement nurses in her office... Some woman walking by my car stopped and stared at the car -- I had been walking away and asked her if I could help her with something, and she asked if I'd recently been on TV -- then I heard all about the story because she saw my plate on the wall...

I agree with Ol' Bob and Bobbiejo -- every now and they they strike up a conversation -- for that reason alone they've been so very well worth the extra cost...

Love, Steve
CF, Dbl-Lung Recip April 2000
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Username: Happy2bhere

Post Number: 4212
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 12:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

Steve, thank you for sharing your experience at the grocery store parking lot.
Yes, I have rec'd many inquiries about my lic plates over the years.

BTW Steve, didn't you recently celebrate you 11th year post transplant?

God Bless

Ol' Bob
Texas Bob
My Organ Donor Tees

Heart Transplant performed Jan 28th 1991
Bob Heart Transplant Story

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