April designated organ donor month in Illinois

April 1, 2008 3:13:37 PM PDT
April has been designated "National Donate Life" month in Illinois.

Members of Walter Payton's family joined Secretary of State Jesse White and organ transplant recipients on Chicago's Near West Side Tuesday.

Payton's children Jarrett and Brittany helped create a series of TV and radio public service announcements which encourage people to become organ donors. The Paytons say this was a labor of love and remembrance.

Nearly 5,000 people in Illinois are currently waiting for organ transplants.