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Why Donate?

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“I feel, as I’m sure many recipients do, a drive and responsibility to use this phenomenal gift to its fullest; to use it not only to benefit my own life, but the lives of others.”

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Because you may save up to 8 lives through organ donation and enhance many others through tissue donation.

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.


Some diseases of the kidney, heart, lung, pancreas, and liver are found more frequently in racial and ethnic minority populations than in the general population. So, people from these populations have a particularly high need for organ transplants.

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These facts may help you better understand organ, eye, and tissue donation:

FACT: Anyone, regardless of age or medical history, can sign up to be a donor.

FACT: Most major religions in the United States support organ donation and consider donation as the final act of love and generosity toward others.

FACT: There is no cost to donors or their families for organ or tissue donation.


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During your visit to someone may have been added to the waiting list. It happens every 10 minutes! Each day, about 79 people receive organ transplants. However, 22 people die each day waiting for transplants that can't take place because of the shortage of donated organs. Organ transplantation has become an accepted medical treatment for end stage organ failure. The facts prove it! But only you can help make it happen!

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