Become an Organ Donor

At NFT, our goal is to help patients overcome the obstacles to transplantation. While we focus on fundraising to address the financial obstacles, the lack of available organs is another huge hurdle for patients. You can help us raise awareness by donating to NFT and by making the decision to become an organ donor.

In April 2009, we launched the NFT Transplant Challenge, a campaign to register more organ donors and educate people about the national shortage. 

Today, there are more than 123,000 patients waiting for their lifesaving organ or tissue transplants. And every 11 minutes, another name is added to the list, but only 48% of Americans have registered as organ donors.

If you haven't taken the steps to become an organ donor, please register today. Click here to accept the Transplant Challenge and sign up to save lives! To read or print our Transplant Challenge brochure about organ donation, click here.

 

Facts about organ donation:

  • 18 people die every day while waiting for a transplant.
  • 1 organ donor can save 8 lives and change the lives of more than 50 people.
  • Almost anyone can be an organ donor, regardless of age or medical history.
  • All major religions in the U.S. support organ donation.
  • Donors can still have open casket funerals, and organ donation doesn't cost the donor's family any money.
  • If a person is hospitalized, the medical staff provides the best possible care, regardless of organ donor status. Donation is only considered after a patient has died.
  • Donors are needed for all races and ethnic groups. Transplant success rates increase when organs are matched between members of the same ethnic background.
  • Signing the back of your license or a donor card is not enough. To officially register as an organ donor, click here.

Talk to Your Family!

Sharing your decision to become a donor is just as important as making the decision. Talking about donation doesn't mean talking about death, but about the opportunity to give another person a second chance at life.

Losing a loved one is an emotional time for family members, and deciding to donate a loved one's organs can be overwhelming. Thanks to the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, registered donors can rest assured that their decision to become a donor will be carried out. If your family is aware of your decision, it will avoid confusion, while offering comfort to your family that your wishes will be fulfilled. It's also important to tell family members about your decision because medical and social history is needed at the time of death, and the next-of-kin will be approached for that information.

Click here to view our Transplant Challenge brochure. If you would like to request copies of this brochure, please e-mail us at info@transplants.org.

Bone Marrow Donation: The Living Gift of Life

Bone marrow transplants are the only hope for many children and adults with leukemia, aplastic anemia, and other fatal blood diseases and cancers. Unfortunately, nearly 70 percent of these patients cannot find suitably matched marrow donors within their families; they need to find unrelated marrow donors. A national registry of marrow donors is maintained by the National Marrow Donor Program. You can become a donor through your local center. To find the center closest to you and learn more about the donation process, go to www.marrow.org or call 1-800-MARROW-2.