Nationally, more than 100,000 people are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Sadly, because the need is not met, nearly 20 people die each day waiting. But you can make a difference.
Anyone should consider themselves a donor. There are no age limits, no physical or medical requirements, no waiting periods, and no tests. All you need is the will to save a life and a moment of your time to register.
Only 44% of eligible Tennesseans are registered donors – considerably below the national average of 54%. Imagine how many lives could be saved if we close the registration gap in Tennessee.
The decision to be an organ and tissue donor is deeply personal. Many people look to their faith and religious communities for guidance about donation.
Nearly all faith groups support organ and tissue donation. In fact, many consider donation a final act of compassion.
Some people question whether the burial rituals of their culture or religion can take place after donation. The answer is yes. All donors are treated with respect and dignity and the body is restored to ensure those rites and traditions continue.
We encourage anyone with questions regarding donation from a faith perspective to speak with a faith leader and read more on Donate Life America’s website.
The need for a diverse population of organ donors is critical. Some types of organ failure, particularly kidney failure, occur more often in racial and ethnic minority populations.
On average, 20 people die every day waiting for an organ transplant. One day, you or someone you love may need an organ or tissue transplant. You can help end the waitlist now.