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Fast Facts: January – September 2021

Thousands of men, women, and children in the United States are on the waiting list for life-saving organ transplants. Together with our partners, donor families, and the community we work towards one goal – that no one dies waiting.

How many people are waiting for a life-saving transplant in the Upper Midwest?

Each day, 20 people die waiting for a life-saving organ transplant and a new name is added to the transplant waiting list every 10 minutes. Currently, there are more than 100,000 people waiting for a second chance.

On the Waiting ListNationalMinnesotaNorth DakotaSouth Dakota
Total Patients Waiting106,6922,543145339
Kidney90,2452,120145299
Liver11,75119242
Pancreas8361123
Kidney-Pancreas1,7761639
Heart3,47295
Lung98652
Heart-Lung375
Intestine211

Waiting list data provided by Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) as of September 22, 2021. Data subject to change based on future data submission or correction. 

Totals may be less than the sums due to patients included in multiple categories. 

There are more people waiting for a life-saving transplant than there are donors, making it incredibly important for everyone who supports donation to register. Let’s continue to work together and get that list to zero.

How many people have checked the box and registered as a donor?

Join those who have checked the box “yes” already. Help us reach our goal so no one dies on the waiting list.

Adults Registered As Donors

LocationDonor Designation Rate
National47%
Minnesota58%
North Dakota56%
South Dakota62%
Data as of August 2021. Donor Designation Rate is the percentage of individuals
who register as donors at the DMV during a quarter.

By checking the box as an organ, eye and tissue donor you can save and heal lives. One person can:

  • Save up to 8 lives through organ donation.
  • Heal more than 75 lives through tissue donation.
  • Restore sight for up to 2 lives through eye donation; and potentially heal up to 10 individuals through ocular tissue.

How does your local community compare? Take a look at our county-by-county donor designation map.

The Power of Yes: Donation Activity Year-to-Date

Donation is the most beautiful, selfless gift – the gift of life and the gift of more time. It means more birthdays, more first days of school, more family moments; and the donor’s legacy lives on through them. The incredible generosity of donors touched the lives of many in need of organ, eye and tissue transplants. Thank you to everyone who says YES to donating life, sight and mobility.

Donation Activity: January 2021 – September 2021

View 2020 Results.

Are you interested in learning more? Check out these related links.

About Donation and the Process

Types of Donation

Frequently Asked Donation Questions