Eight lives can be saved by one person who donates organs.
More than 50 lives can be improved through tissue donation.
The decision to become an organ and tissue donor is an important one. It is hope for the nearly 100,000 people on the transplant waiting list, and it is your heroic legacy for the future. Please consider joining your state's donor registry. For more information on your state's laws that govern donation, please visit: http://www.shareyourlife.org
*The national waiting list for organ donation is rising at the alarming rate of a new name every ten minutes, with 92,584 people currently on the list (8/14/06).
*In 2005, 28,107 individuals received a life-saving organ transplant thanks to the generosity of a donor.
*An average of 18 men, women, and children die each day waiting for an organ transplant; in 2005, there were 6,500 people who died waiting.
*In 2005, 44,000 grafts were made available for transplant by US tissue banks.
*Approximately 1,000,000 tissue transplants are performed annually. Tissue transplants assist orthopedic, heart, neurosurgeries and others through repairs of injuries, burns, and defects.
*There is no cost to a donor's family for donation.
*The doctors working to save your life have nothing to do with donation or transplantation. Your status as a donor is considered only after all efforts have been made to save your life and you have been declared legally dead.
*All major religions in the United States support donation. Many consider donation the ultimate act of charity.
For stories of why organ and tissue donation is important or for more information about donation and transplantation, feel free to visit http://www.lifelineofohio.org. Personal stories written by organ recipients, tissue recipients, donor families, candidates, families of those who died waiting, and living donors are located under the Donor Families section.
Share life...be an organ and tissue donor!
(Ohio State Buckeye fans: visit http://www.buckeyesforlife.com and sign in to help OSU beat that team up north in a new challenge for 2006!)