Make a difference, Be a donor
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.
Becoming a Donor
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, eye, and tissue donor.
Organ Donation and Transplantation
- Each day, an average of 79 people receive organ transplants. However, an average of 22 people die each day waiting for transplants that can't take place because of the shortage of donated organs.
- People of every age give and receive organ donations. In 2014, 29,532 people received organ transplants.
- In 2014, 62% of living donors were women and 38% were men. The statistic is nearly reversed for deceased donation: 40% were women and 60% were men.
- In 2014, 57% of all deceased donors were Caucasian, 16% were African American, 15% Hispanic/Latino and 6% Asian, and Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander.
- As of May 2015, the national waiting list was 42% Caucasian, 30% African American, 19% Hispanic/Latino, and 9% Asian, and Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander.
- In 2010, (the most recent data) there were almost 2.5 million deaths in the U.S. Imagine if every one of those persons had donated.
- Currently, more than 120 million people in the U.S. are signed up to be a donor—sign up and join them.