A local mom is beating the drum to bring awareness to organ donation this month, which has been designated National Donate Life Month.

“You don’t need ’em when you die,” Renee Tasker told our reporter for the story that appears on today’s 1A.

But there’s always someone who does need an organ. Tasker’s son, for example. He is alive and enjoying a normal life today because someone gave him a heart when he was just 11 years old.

According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, which includes organ donation status on driver’s licenses and photo ID cards, “By saying ‘Yes’ to organ donation, you could save or improve the quality of life for more than 50 others who suffer from organ failure, bone defects, burns or blindness.”

So if you can’t take ’em with you when you pass, why not leave a part of you behind to help someone in need? The next time you renew your Virginia driver’s license, consider changing your status to organ donor.