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Tennessee had a record-breaking year in...

February 26, 2024

Every organ donor can save up to eight lives and improve the lives of 75 more people through tissue...

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A Message for Scot...

February 26, 2024

Five Sacramento area heart transplant recipients have created a social media video congratulating former NBA player, Scot Pollard, who just received a heart...

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2024 #BeTheGift...

February 23, 2024

On February 17, Tennessee basketball rivals, The University of Tennessee Volunteers and Vanderbilt University Commodores took to the courts to see who would be...

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‘Ordinary Angels,’ Hilary Swank’s new movie celebrates the gift of...

February 21, 2024

“Ordinary Angels,” which hits theaters Feb. 23, tells the story of a determined hairdresser who rallies her community in Louisville, Kentucky, to save the...

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Sharing Stories of Selflessness for National Donor...

February 14, 2024

National Donor Day is observed every year on February 14th. This day is dedicated to spreading awareness and education about organ, eye and tissue donation. On...

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Tennessee man’s story of how two organ donors saved his...

February 6, 2024

Billy Jarvis was just 21 years old when he received a devastating diagnosis – he needed a full kidney transplant. Jarvis was a freshman at The University of...

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Organ donations from TN residents at an all-time...

February 6, 2024

Tennessee Donor Services (TDS) had a record year in 2023, facilitating more than 1,000 organ transplants and registering more than 170,000 Tennesseans who...

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Celebrating Black History...

February 1, 2024

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” Jackie Robinson Tennessee Donor Services celebrates Black History Month by...

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Tennessee Donor Services saves a RECORD-BREAKING number of lives in...

January 19, 2024

Tennessee Donor Services reached a record-breaking milestone in organ and tissue donation and transplantation. In 2023, we celebrated the impact of 506 donor...

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2024 OneLegacy Donate Life Rose Parade...

January 4, 2024

We rang in the New Year with a celebration of life, remembering our donor heroes Dakota Sams and Frederick Jones and their selfless...

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Highlighting Non-Profit...

December 28, 2023

BLANKETS FROM BEN Chris Kinsey knew that she wanted to create a lasting legacy for her son after his passing. His light shone so bright in life, how could it...

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Tennessee Donor Services featured as WKRN’s Hometown...

December 20, 2023

WKRN News recently spotlighted TDS as their Hometown Hero for the week! They featured Raichon Morand, a lung transplant ambassador, and her sister. They both...

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Remembering Jamar Burton and Darryl...

December 11, 2023

With heavy hearts, we say goodbye to our Team Tennessee Transplant Games team members, Darryl Collins (Lung Recipient) and Jamar Burton (Kidney Recipient)....

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Dakota Sams, Organ Recipient And Donor, To Be...

December 8, 2023

Dakota Sams will be honored at the Rose Bowl Parade in January. To honor him, a floragraph made of flowers to look like a portrait of him, as well as...

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Tennessee’s First-of-its-Kind Donor Care Unit Opens at Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital...

December 8, 2023

This fall, Tennessee Donor Services (TDS) and Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital West unveiled a collaborative Donor Care Unit at Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital...

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November is National Eye Donation...

November 15, 2023

November is Eye Donation Month! Help raise awareness about cornea donation and transplantation, honor the gift of sight given by donors and their families,...

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National Donor...

November 7, 2023

Donor Sabbath is an annual nationwide observance, celebrated on November 10-12 this year,  which aims at increasing awareness about the lifesaving gift of...

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Few transplant surgeons are Black. Giving medical students a rare peek at organ donation may...

October 30, 2023

Fresh off their first year at Meharry Medical College, six students spent the summer shadowing Tennessee Donor Services to learn the complex steps that make...

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Celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness...

October 16, 2023

No matter who you are or where you live, breast cancer has impacted your life in some way. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which aims to promote...

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9/11 attacks nearly kept a life-saving organ from an infant. Here’s how we met the...

September 27, 2023

DCI Donor Services has never forgotten the lessons learned from the 2001 mission to transport a life-saving organ when all air traffic was...

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Tennessee Driver and Donor Services Share Need for Organ And Tissue...

September 8, 2023

Tennessee Donor Services and talks to News Channel 4 about the need for organ and tissue...

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Nonprofit strives to serve Tennesseans through organ, tissue...

September 7, 2023

TDS saves and improves lives by connecting lifesaving organ, eye and tissue donations to the patients who need...

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First of Its Kind Medical Program...

July 27, 2023

History is made in the Tennessee Donor Services building as two revered medical institutions join forces to establish a program that is the first of its kind...

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New campaign launched for Tennessee County Clerks Organ Donor Awareness...

July 21, 2023

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Meharry Students to Present Organ Donation Research at Tennessee Donor...

July 20, 2023

Meharry Medical College and Tennessee Donor Services (TDS) are celebrating the nation’s first TDS-Meharry program, which seeks to address disparities in...

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Good News: At 58, she’ll hit the runway to show her gratitude for her...

June 2, 2023

Cleek will be in O'More College's annual Fashion Show at Belmont University, which this year features five other organ recipients or organ donor family members...

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Tennessee organ donation models walk the O’More runway of...

May 10, 2023

Stories of hope abound during fashion event reminding all of their strength, beauty and...

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How Belmont students are finding a fashionable way to raise awareness about organ...

March 1, 2023

Belmont University's O'More College is hosting a fashion show, this one promoting organ...

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Healthcare workers race against time to facilitate organ transplants, but more can be...

February 20, 2023

DCI Donor Services is critical when it comes to facilitating timely organ...

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Tennessee Donor Services Saves 1,129 Lives from a Record-breaking 445 Donors in...

February 15, 2023

NASHVILLE, TENN. — February 15, 2023: Tennessee Donor Services (TDS) announces a record-breaking year for organ and tissue donation in Tennessee. Organ...

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Canceled flights and weather causes issues for organ...

January 13, 2023

Winter storms and the FAA grounding all flights could be the difference in a life or death...

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Be the Gift Campaign during the Vols and Vandy basketball...

January 9, 2023

The UT & VU teams have a challenge for you. They have a goal of registering 125,000 new Tennesseans as organ and tissue donors for the year and they need your...

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Sisters celebrate anniversary of kidney donation that’s lasted a remarkable 50...

December 30, 2022

Carolyn Rogers donated her kidney to her sister, Patti, in September...

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West Tennessee woman in need of kidney...

December 20, 2022

And after being diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, one West Tennessee woman joined the fight and waitlist for one of the most needed...

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‘A priceless gift’: A local woman shares her story surrounding the impact of organ...

December 19, 2022

After being told by doctors Edwards would not make it. Humphrey says she was prepared to answer the call to donate his...

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She gave a kidney to save her sister’s life. An unlikely 50 years later, they’re still...

November 21, 2022

In the early 1970s, about half of transplanted kidneys were rejected by recipients − but Patti Harris has lived a half century with her sister's...

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Tennessee Donor Services surpasses goal for new organ...

October 1, 2022

Tennessee Donor Services announced this week that it registered 107,000 new organ and tissue donors in Tennessee last year, surpassing its goal of adding...

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The pain of the waitlist: What it’s like to wait for a kidney transplant at...

September 22, 2022

When most people think about organ donation, it involves an end-of-life decision. But more than ever, there is a need for living donors. Kidney donations are...

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Two hearts in one decade: 10-year-old gifted new chance at life thanks to organ...

September 21, 2022

This month, the United States marked one million lifesaving organ transplants — a world record. Part of the unique club of transplant recipients is Paul...

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He died in a motorcycle crash at 18. But his body gave someone else new...

September 21, 2022

Gavin Cole, 18, signed up to be an organ donor when adding a motorcycle certification to his driver's license. It was just four months before he died. A driver...

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The Gift: An in-depth look at organ...

September 19, 2022

This month, the United States hit a milestone — a world record, in fact: one million organ transplants. And behind each one is a story. We’re taking an...

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Fix inequity of Black people being overrepresented on organ transplant...

September 19, 2022

The good news is the nation’s organ donation and transplant system recently has recommitted itself to making the system more equitable, particularly for...

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Local man encourages minority donors after receiving a second chance at life with kidney...

August 28, 2022

He contacted Tennessee Donor Services which helped guide him through the process of getting a new kidney. But Bryant says he received more than a kidney - he...

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Local mother shares how son’s organ donation saved four...

August 22, 2022

"Talking with Jonathan and getting educated on it, because we knew nothing about it, it made us feel good for what he had to say because he really showed us...

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History in the making: Sumner County designated nation’s first-ever Donate Life...

June 17, 2022

Through creative social challenges like #BeTheGift and community involvement, TDS hopes to challenge more Tennesseans to register to donate each...

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“Your son is in kidney failure, oh he’s only got one kidney“ | Newport teen in need of a kidney...

June 8, 2022

Life was normal for 19-year-old Patrick Scott Velez, and then he found out he was born with only one kidney and that it was...

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Tennessee County Clerk Tour Of Quilts To Honor Organ And Tissue...

February 1, 2022

Hamilton County Clerk Bill Knowles announces his office is partnering with Tennessee Donor Services for the 2022 Tennessee County Clerk Tour of Quilts to honor...

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You have the opportunity to save lives. Register as an organ and tissue donor |...

January 31, 2022

For nearly 14 years, I have been a transplant surgeon. This often means that unless I am out of town, I am on call nearly every day. While this may seem...

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Donate Life TN announces record-breaking year of organ and tissue...

January 19, 2022

Donate Life TN announces record-breaking year of organ and tissue...

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#BeTheGift that saves lives!

When you register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, you leave a lasting legacy and bring hope to those waiting.

To access the National Registry, click here.