Organ, eye and tissue donors save lives

Register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor.

More than 100,000 people are waiting for a lifesaving transplant. Transplants rely on the generosity of organ, eye and tissue donors, and there are not enough donors to meet the need. You can help.

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Another person is added to the waiting list every 8 minutes.

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16 people die each day while waiting for an organ transplant.

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One organ, eye and tissue donor can save and heal more than 75 lives.

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Organ, Eye & Tissue Donation FAQs

People of all ages and medical histories should consider themselves potential donors. Your medical condition at the time of death will determine what organs and tissues can be donated.

A national system matches available organs from the donor with people on the waiting list based on blood type, body size, how sick they are, donor distance, tissue type and time on the list. Sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, race, income, celebrity and social status are never considered.

Deceased donation is the process of giving organs, corneas or tissues at the time of the donor’s death for the purpose of transplantation. Deceased donation can only occur after death has been declared by medical professionals who are not part of the donation and transplant process.

The state donor registry and National Donate Life Registry are searched securely online to determine if the patient has authorized donation. If the potential donor is not found in a registry, their next of kin or legally authorized representative is offered the opportunity to authorize the donation. Donation and transplantation professionals follow national policy to determine which organs can be transplanted and to which patients on the national transplant waiting list the organs are to be allocated. Read more about the deceased donation process.

There is no cost to the donor’s family or estate for donation. The donor family pays only for medical expenses before death and costs associated with funeral arrangements.

If you registered in the National Donate Life Registry on DonateLife.net, RegisterMe.org, or in your iPhone Health App, please go to RegisterMe.org and click “Access Your Registration” to make changes to your donor registration record. If you registered through your DMV or Driver License Partner, you should have a heart or other symbol on your license. If you need to confirm or change your state registration, please reach out to your local contact. Learn more.

Your life always comes first. Doctors work hard to save every patient’s life, but sometimes there is a complete and irreversible loss of brain function. The patient is declared clinically and legally dead. Only then is donation an option.

Living organ donation offers another choice for some transplant candidates, reducing their time on the waiting list and leading to better long term outcomes for the recipient. Living tissue donation, birth tissue, is used to promote healing and to treat burns and painful wounds. Learn more about living donation.

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Make a Splash for Donate Life Month

This National Donate Life Month, we ask you to be a part of this interconnected life-sustaining community by registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor; becoming educated about living donation; and championing the Donate Life cause.

In Honor and in Memory

Donate Life America Tribute Wall

Debra Lee Tessier

Our Mom posted exactly 1 year before her death she was proud to be a registered donor and asked her family to throw a big party with good music when she passed because her organs would go on. We did what she wanted. We had a party with live music played by her and her husband Johns friend Ken. We had laughs, we had tears, we shared memories and stories of her life. We released butterflies in her honor. We celebrated in your honor Mom. I know you were there dancing and laughing and having a great time like you always did. We thank everyone that came from all over to celebrate with us. Thank everyone for your continued support and condolences. It shows how many people she touched and how much she was loved during her time here.

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Christopher Banner Parks

Julie Misegades

My little sister was blessed with an additional 20+ years of life through a donated liver. In her memory I hope others will also benefit.

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Charlotte Ferguson

Julia Fehlhaber

We will be friends forever – Rest Easy my buddy.

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Susan Dudek

My Liver Donor

Today is the one-year anniversary of my liver transplant. Today is also the one-year anniversary of me receiving the most precious gift I’ll ever be given. To the donor of my new liver, I’ll never have the pleasure of knowing you but I promise to spend each and every day of my life honoring you and making the most out of this second chance I’ve been given. I can never properly express the gratitude I have in my heart, but I’ll try every day to pass that gratitude along to others and to help make this world brighter. I hope to make your family proud with my actions and to live life with compassion and care. April 28 will forever be the most important day in my life.

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Joe

Gary Boatwright

You were lucky enough in 2006 to receive a beautiful liver from a wonderful family. It gave myself, your boys, and your family more years to have you around. We miss you every day.

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Debbie Boatwright