The spirit of what Kirby Puckett had indicated with his wish to be an organ donor was consistent with who he was and his zest for life. What's encouraging to us is that his statement might encourage others to think about that choice for themselves.

We really feel that Minnesotans are a giving people, and that rate can be higher if people have an understanding of the need. Someone with Kirby's stature just speaks volumes about why this is something that's important to do.

There's a higher likelihood that (blood profiles) will match within your own minority population.