A little support provides big relief
Nearly 124,000 people are awaiting organ transplants in the U.S. Every day, some die waiting. Needing a transplant sounds like something that happens in other people’s families. When it happened in ours, we discovered miracles. Of medicine. Of people. Of giving. Of getting. Register to donate. Be part of a miracle.
No one is too old or too young. Babies and seniors have been organ donors. Doctors will evaluate things when the time comes, so don’t exclude yourself. And, all major religions in the U.S. support organ donation and view it as an act of love and generosity. All set there.
Some organs and tissues can be donated while you are alive. Give a kidney. The one you keep does the job. Give a part of your liver. The part you keep and the part you give regrows. The decision to be a living donor is a very personal one and a very big one. Lots to weigh, together with medical and other professionals.
Circumstances around living organ donation can be incredibly emotional. Ultimately, decisions need to be based on facts. The United Network for Organ Sharing compiles data on a national, state and transplant center basis. Reviewing the data is a tremendous way to learn and help formulate questions.