One of the most important ways that you can personally make a difference is to sign-up as an organ donor on a national database.
Transplantation gives hope to thousands of people with organ failure and provides many others with active and renewed lives.
Anyone can be a potential donor regardless of age, race, or medical history.
All major religions in the United States support organ, eye and tissue donation and see it as the final act of love and generosity toward others.
If you are sick or injured and admitted to the hospital, the number one priority is to save your life. Organ, eye and tissue donation can only be considered after you are deceased.
When you are on the waiting list for an organ, what really counts is the severity of your illness, time spent waiting, blood type, and other important medical information, not your financial status or celebrity status.
An open casket funeral is possible for organ, eye and tissue donors. Through the entire donation process the body is treated with care, respect and dignity.
There is no cost to the donor or their family for organ or tissue donation.
Signing a donor card and a driver's license with an "organ donor" designation may not satisfy your state's requirements to become a donor. Be certain to take the necessary steps to be a donor and ensure that your family understands your wishes.
In California, joining the Donate Life California Registry is considered 1st person consent. However, you should share your decision with your family and friends so they understand your wish to save and enhance lives.
On average, 22 people die each day in the U.S. awaiting a life-saving organ transplant. Many others are removed from the waiting list because they become too sick to receive that gift of life.
The total number of patients waiting for an organ transplant today numbers more than 123,000 (almost 20% of them Californians). More than 1/3 of them will die before a donor can be found. Another name is added to the waiting list every 10 minutes.
The good news is that transplantation is no longer considered experimental. It is a desired treatment for thousands with end-stage organ disease.
Each year, approximately 900,000 Americans receive tissue transplants and nearly 30,000 receive organ transplants.
In recent years, medical breakthroughs have greatly improved the success rate for transplantation... it now generally runs in excess of 80% for transplants overall.