Eight important facts about organ donation

On Friday, April 21, we celebrate Blue & Green Day. It’s a special day during Donate Life Month when we are reminded that by becoming organ donors, we can enhance — and even save — thousands of lives!

Registering to be a donor is painless and easy, but if you’re still wondering if organ donation is right for you, here are eight things you should know:

  1. Anyone can become a donor regardless of age, ethnicity, or medical history. (If you’re 13 or older you can sign up online, or anyone can sign up at the DMV.)
  2. All major religions support or allow organ, eye, and tissue donation.
  3. There is no cost to the donor or their family.
  4. An open casket funeral is still possible for donors. Be assured that the body is treated with dignity, care, and respect throughout the entire process.
  5. About every 10 minutes a person is added to the transplant waiting list — that’s nearly 150 people per day.
  6. Sadly, an average of 22 patients die every day while waiting for a donation, simply because the organ they needed was not available.
  7. One person can save eight lives and enhance the lives of 75 others as an organ, eye, and tissue donor.
  8. On average, 81 organ transplants take place every day in the U.S., meaning 29,000 people are given a new lease on life every year!

Learn more facts about being a donor and the five steps of how a donation works from Donate Life California.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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