April 1, 2019
Giving the Gift of Life
A by-the-numbers look at some of the surprising numbers* surrounding organ donation.
men, women and children are waiting for lifesaving organ transplants
Every 10 minutes
someone is added to the national transplant waiting list
can save up to eight lives through organ donation, restore sight to two people through cornea donation and help heal more than 75 lives through tissue donation
the cost to donors and their families
the number of people who die every day waiting for an organ
the percentage of patients who need a kidney
1 out of every 3
deceased donors is over the age of 50
donors brought new life to recipients and their families in 2018
transplants have taken place since 1988
Anyone can register to be a donor and a national registry matches potential donors with people on the waiting list.
*Source: Donate Life America