The Truth About Organ Donation

April 29, 2009

Here are some facts about Organ Donation: 

  • Anyone can be an organ donor, regardless of age, race or medical history.
  • All major religions in the United States support organ donation.
  • Organ donors can still have open-casket funerals.
  • Organ donation doesn't cost the donor's family any money.
  • If an individual is hospitalized, medical staff will provide the best possible care, whether or not the patient is an organ donor. In fact, the transplant team is completely separate from the medical team and won't even be called unless a patient is declared brain dead.
  • Donors are needed for all ethnic groups. Transplant success rates increase when organs are matched between members of the same ethnic background.

Right now, 101,884 people are waiting for a lifesaving transplant. Because of the vast shortage of organ donors, 18 people die each day waiting for a transplant in the United States. In an effort to help alleviate this problem, NFT recently kicked off the Transplant Challenge! We hope to raise $100,000 to support transplant patients and add 100,000 new names to the donor registry.

Accept the Transplant Challenge today!