Over one million tissue transplants are performed each year in the United States. Human tissue transplantation has become a modern miracle to thousands of Americans. The donation of skin helps mend a burn victim, bone grafts can renew a cancer patient’s lost bone, heart valves can replace a failing heart valve, ligaments, and tendons will repair injured knees and ankles.
FACT: Anyone can be a potential donor regardless of age, race, or medical history. Your medical condition at the time of death will determine what may be donated.
FACT: All major religions in the United States support organ, eye, and tissue donation and see it as the final act of love and generosity toward others.
FACT: If you are sick or injured and admitted to the hospital, the number one priority is to save your life. Organ, eye and tissue donation can only be considered after you are deceased.
FACT: An open casket funeral is possible for organ, eye and tissue donors. Through the entire donation process the body is treated with care, respect and dignity.
FACT: There is no cost to the donor or their family for organ or tissue donation.
FACT: Signing a donor card and a driver's license with an "organ donor" designation may not satisfy your state's requirements to become a donor. Be certain to take the necessary steps to be a donor and ensure that your family understands your wishes.
You have the power to donate life. Be an organ, eye and tissue donor.