Advocacy for organ donation is as easy as sharing your decision to be a donor.
Give someone this “conversation piece” and share your decision to register as an organ donor. Then it’s their turn to pass it on.
It’s a conversation that saves lives!
Know the Facts
Nationwide there are nearly 120,000 people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant and around 3,200 of those waiting are right here in our community.
The gift of organ, eye and tissue donation has the power to save and heal lives. It’s a generous and selfless gift – the gift of life.
Every individual has the right to sign up to donate their organs, eyes and tissues at the time of their death. Anyone can register. Your age or health does not prevent you from registering. Most health conditions do not prevent donation and age is not a factor – the oldest organ donor was 92. Medical advances now allow people with chronic conditions, cancer, HIV and hepatitis to donate. Don’t rule yourself out – check the box.
One person can save and heal up to 75 lives through organ, eye and tissue donation.
Yes. If you are taken to the hospital after an accident or injury, it is the hospital’s number one priority to save YOUR life. Your status as a donor is not even considered until every effort has been made to try to save your life. To even be considered for donation, a patient must be on a ventilator and either declared brain dead or suffer cardiac death.
There is no cost to your family. If you decide to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, your family will NOT have to pay for any medical expenses associated with the donation.
When it comes to waiting for an organ transplant, we are all created equal. Wealthy or famous individuals cannot and do not get bumped up higher on the national transplant waiting list. The waiting list is actually a pool of people. Factors such as blood type, body size, location, severity of illness and length of time on the waiting list are used to determine the best candidate for an organ.
- Blood type
- Body size
- Severity of patient’s medical condition
- Distance between the donor’s hospital and the patient’s hospital
- The patient’s waiting time
- Whether the patient is healthy enough for surgery
Save Lives by Registering Today
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. By checking the box as an organ, eye and tissue donor you can save and heal lives.