April 2024 – National Donate Life Month

More than 100,000 people are waiting for a lifesaving transplant. Transplants rely on the generosity of organ, eye and tissue donors, and there are not enough donors to meet the need.

People of all ages and medical histories should consider themselves potential donors. Your medical condition at the time of death will determine what organs and tissues can be donated.

Learn about organ donation in Utah by clicking here.

The need for donation and transplantation in the U.S. (unos.org)

  • More than 115,000 people are currently awaiting a lifesaving organ transplant.
  • A new name is added to the national waiting list every 10 minutes.
  • An average of 22 people die every day while waiting for a transplant.
  • 58% of patients awaiting lifesaving transplants represent an ethnic minority.
  • 80% of patients on the waiting list are waiting for a kidney.
  • 12% of patients waiting are in need of a liver.
  • Nearly one-third of all deceased donors are over the age of 50.
  • Each year, approximately 30,000 tissue donors make nearly 2 million life-enhancing tissue transplants possible, including bone, skin, veins, tendons and heart valves.
  • More than 48,000 patients have their sight restored through corneal transplants each year.


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