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Need for organ donation is high

Currently in the United States there are 120,949 people awaiting a lifesaving organ transplant.

In 2012, there was just over 28,000 of these transplant done in the United States. That means each day there are 75 solid organ transplants done.

Despite this seemingly large amount done daily, up to 20 people die each day waiting for a transplant. The No. 1 reason behind this is that there are simply not enough people signed up to be donors to fulfill the needs of those who are on the waiting lists.

One person can save and heal up to 60 people through organ, eye and tissue donation.

Many people are either uninformed or misinformed of how the organ donation process works. Here are simple facts that are available on Donate Life’s website.

  • People of all ages and medical histories should consider themselves potential donors. Your medical condition at the time of death will determine what organs and tissue can be donated.
  • Organs and tissues that can be donated include: heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, liver, intestines, corneas, skin, tendons, bone, and heart valves.
  • There is no national registry of organ donors. Even if you have indicated your wishes on your drivers’ license or a donor card, be sure you have told your family as they will be consulted before donation can take place.
  • All major religions approve of organ and tissue donation and consider donation the greatest gift.
  • An open-casket funeral is possible for organ and tissue donors.

For more information regarding organ and tissue donation please visit,, or or by calling 1-888-5DONATE.

Contact your local clinic, hospital or local law enforcement for further information regarding the importance of becoming an organ and/or tissue donor.

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