Right now, there are over 118,000 people waiting for life-saving organ transplants, and many more who need cornea, tissue, bone marrow, blood, and platelet donations. Registering as a donor means you can help save up to 8 lives through organ donations and help countless others.
There are 2 ways to become a donor:
- Deceased organ donors—can donate both kidneys, liver, both lungs, heart, pancreas, and intestines.
- Living organ donors—can donate one kidney, one lung, or a portion of the liver, pancreas, or intestine.
Over 80% of people on the transplant list need a kidney transplant, usually due to permanent kidney failure or End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). Medicare covers kidney transplants for both the person getting the transplant and the donor. If you’re getting the transplant, you pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for doctor services. You pay nothing if you’re the living donor.
Celebrate National Donor Day on February 14th by giving the gift of life—sign up to become an organ donor today.