BECOME AN ORGAN DONOR
Becoming a Donor
Organ, Tissue donations and transplantation provide a second chance at life for thousands of people each year. You have the opportunity to be one of the individuals who make these miracles happen.
By deciding to be a donor, you give the gift of hope ... hope for the thousands of individuals awaiting organ transplants and hope for the millions of individuals whose lives could be enhanced through tissue transplants.
Use the link below and then select your state to register as an organ, tissue, and eye donor.
Who Can Become a Donor?
All people regardless of age should consider themselves potential organ and tissue donors. There are few absolute exclusions (such as HIV infection, active cancer, systemic infection) and no strict upper or lower age limits. Potential donors will be evaluated for suitability when the occasion arises.
No one is too old or too young. Both newborns and senior citizens can be organ donors. The condition of your organs is more important than age. Someone 35 years old with a history of alcohol abuse may have a liver that is in worse condition than someone 60 years old who has never consumed alcohol. Doctors will examine your organs and determine whether they are suitable for donation if the situation arises. If you are under 18, you may need the permission of a parent or guardian to donate.
You may still be able to donate your organs. Doctors will evaluate the condition of your organs when the time arises. The transplant team's decision will be based on a combination of factors such as your specific illness and your physical condition to determine which organs and tissues can be donated.
The Need Is Real
Each day, about 79 people receive organ transplants. However, 18 people die each day waiting for transplants that can't take place because of the shortage of donated organs.
Because you may save up to 8 lives through organ donation and enhance many others through tissue donation.
Last year alone, organ donors made more than 28,000 transplants possible. Another one million people received cornea and other tissue transplants that helped them recover from trauma, bone damage, spinal injuries, burns, hearing impairment and vision loss.
Unfortunately, thousands die every year waiting for a donor organ that never comes. You have the power to change that.
Learn The Facts
These facts may help you better understand organ, eye, and tissue donation:
FACT: Anyone, regardless of age or medical history,
can sign up to be a donor.
FACT: Most major religions in the United States support organ donation and consider donation as the final act of love and generosity toward others.
FACT: There is no cost to donors or their families for organ or tissue donation.