Last year approximately 30,000 Americans received a lifesaving organ transplant and more than one million Americans received a life-changing tissue transplant. Just one individual’s decision to donate can change the lives of more than 50 other people.
And while more than 95 percent of American adults approve of donation as a viable, life-giving practice, only 55 percent of Ohioans are registered donors.* You can change the statistic and help change a life.
*Source: Lifeline of Ohio
There are two ways you can choose to be an organ donor:
- Become a living kidney donor
- Register as an organ and tissue donor
For more information about the impact of transplantation or how to register to donate organs and tissue, visit the following websites:
Donate Life Ohio: An Ohio Department of Health site that encourages Ohioans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. Visit the site to register or learn more about how registering could save a life.
LifeLine of Ohio: Lifeline of Ohio’s mission is to educate and empower central and southeastern Ohioans about organ and tissue donation while also facilitating the donation process. Visit the site to read about donation and transplant statistics for Ohio and read testimonials of recipients and donors.
National Kidney Foundation: The National Kidney Foundation, Inc (NKF), is the major voluntary health organization dedicated to preventing kidney disease, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by kidney disease and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation. The NKF achieves life-saving results today through the contributions of a generous public including participation in NKF signature initiatives such as the Kidney Cars Vehicle Donation program, Kidney Walks and the NKF Golf Classic.
United Network for Organ Sharing: United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is the private, non-profit organization that manages the nation's organ transplant system under contract with the federal government. Visit theUNOS site to learn more about their mission to advance organ availability and transplantation by uniting and supporting our communities for the benefit of patients through education, technology and policy development.
Transplant Living: Transplant Living can help prepare recipients and their families for life before, during and after a transplant. You can choose to personalize the site to help better manage your health information needs.