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Fast Facts: April – June 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, 22 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 Waiting107,1962,558149335
Kidney90,5592,121149298
Liver11,91119339
Pancreas8791224
Kidney-Pancreas1,7061468
Heart3,557101
Lung1,01250
Heart-Lung456
Intestine215

Waiting list data provided by Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) as of June 15, 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 Dakota55%
South Dakota61%
Data as of May 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: April 2021 – June 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