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Donor Plaque for Tayzli Hale Unveiled at Logan Driver License Division Office

Friday April 21, 2023

On Tuesday, April 18th, Utah’s Driver License Division (DLD) and DonorConnect unveiled the second of several tribute plaques, which honor members of Utah’s transplant community.

This Tribute Plaque features 3-year-old Tayzli “Tay-Tay” Hale, who was a donor and saved 4 lives through the gift of donation.


The Utah Department of Public Safety’s Driver License Division is partnering with DonorConnect Utah to bring more awareness by installing similar plaques across the state. The two organizations hope the plaques will inspire more Utahns to say “YES” to becoming organ, eye and tissue donors when obtaining their driver’s licenses. All plaques honor either a deceased donor, living donor or recipient from the community in which the plaques are installed.

Brady Dransfield from DonorConnect started the ceremony by saying, “We are excited to be working with the Driver License Division to inspire and educate the community with the unveiling of Tayzli’s plaque.”

Brady Dransfield from DonorConnect

“When they first brought the idea to me about putting up these plaques, I was really excited,” said DLD Director Chris Caras. “It really brings home to the locales the connections and interpersonal benefits that come from the organ donation program,” he said.

DLD Director Chris Caras

“We’re just so proud of her and the difference that she can make,” said Whitney Hale, Tayzli’s mother. “By putting this plaque up here, I feel like maybe she can help one more person to mark ‘yes’ on their driver license and make a world of difference to somebody else.”

Whitney Hale, Tayzli’s mother

There are more than 105,000 people waiting for a life-saving organ transplants in the United
States, including more than 800 in Utah. Utahns can register to give the gift of “YES” at their
local DLD office or at DonorConnect.life.

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MEDIA CONTACT

Hillary Koellner
Director of Public Affairs
Department of Public Safety
hmkoellner@utah.gov

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