Albany -- To raise awareness, the Georgia Transplant Foundation plans to open an office in Albany in the next year.
Nearly 7,000 Georgians have received organ transplants since 1988. But nationwide, 86,000 people are still on waiting lists in need of organ transplants.
The Georgia Transplant Foundation executive director said expanding their operation statewide will help the life-giving work.
David Bakelman said they plan to "Go to six metropolitan areas throughout Georgia, and Albany is one of them. To set up an office and do more outreach to serve the transplant community more effectively."
Bakelman says they hope to have the Albany transplant office open in 2005.