Organ Donation

Donor awareness month poster

April is National Donate Life Month. This April, why not join with millions of others to save lives?

Currently, there are more than 115,000 men, women, and children waiting for organ transplants in the United States. As an organ donor, you have the power to save or dramatically improve someone’s life.

By becoming an organ donor, you can make a gift of your kidneys, pancreas, liver, lungs, heart, and intestinal organs.

Join the Movement

More than 130 million people over the age of 18 have registered as organ donors – that’s over half of all U.S. adults.

With so many already signed up, why is registering to be an organ donor so important? Because every 10 minutes another person is added to the waiting list for a transplant.

  • Each year, the number of people waiting for a transplant continues to grow, while the number of donors and actual transplants grows at a slower pace.

Donating Is Easy

Becoming an organ donor is easy. There are three ways to sign up:

  • Online with Donate Life
  • Through the mail via your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
  • When you obtain or renew your driver's license at the DMV or American Automobile Association office

Consider Living Donation

Last year, nearly 6,000 transplants were made possible by living donors – most often the donation of a kidney. Living donation enables patients to get their transplants sooner and to spend as little time as possible on the waiting list.

In addition, living donation is much more convenient as it allows recipients to plan ahead and make important arrangements before surgery (for example, child care, work schedule, postoperative care at home).

Learn more about living kidney donation.