April is National Donate Life Month

April 5, 2010

Did You Know?

  • As of April 5, there were 106,742 Americans awaiting lifesaving transplants.
  • More than 84,000 Americans need a kidney transplant to survive, but last year only 16,829 kidney transplants were performed.
  • 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.
  • Organ donors can still have open casket funerals.
  • Donors are needed for all races and ethnic groups.
  • Transplant success rates increase when organs are matched between members of the same ethnic background.
  • Organ donation does not cost the donor’s family any money

Are YOU an organ donor? To learn more about organ donation or to register as an organ donor, accept the NFT Transplant Challenge.