How Donation Works

How Many Lives Can One Organ Donor Save? Impact of Organ Donation

septiembre 21, 2023

How Many Lives Can One Organ Donor Save? Did you know that ONE organ donor can save up to eight lives and ONE tissue donor can save and heal up to 75 lives? Amazingly, every organ and tissue donation has the potential to profoundly touch the recipient and their loved ones. The act of donating […]

Can My Family Override My Decision to be a Donor?

abril 12, 2023

Can My Family Override My Decision to be a Donor? Many people wonder if their family can override their decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor after death. In short, the answer is no. Let’s talk a little more about this decision, the registry, and the donation process. What does Signing Up as […]

Book Reviews: Need Summer Reading Ideas?!

julio 11, 2022

Summer is only halfway over and parents are ready for kids to be back in school! Vacations are mostly over, school supplies are on sale and back to school clothes are out in the stores. It’s also when we remember that there is probably a summer reading assignment hiding in the backpack that hasn’t been […]

Kids Need Transplants Too: National Pediatric Transplant Week 2022

abril 29, 2022

Every year during the last week of National Donate Life Month, we celebrate National Pediatric Transplant Week, a time to talk about efforts to end the pediatric transplant waiting list and recognize those that have been touched by pediatric organ, eye and tissue donation. Throughout the week, clinical partners are encouraged to share patient stories, […]

How is Someone Added to the National Transplant Waiting List?

noviembre 22, 2021

Have you ever wondered how someone is listed on the national transplant waiting list? We often hear about the national waiting list and the thousands of people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant, but not everybody is familiar with how the listing process works. In this edition of Donation Essentials, we break down how the […]

Transplantation Science – A Free Program for Grades 6-12

noviembre 17, 2021

November is the month of gratitude and this November, we’d like to take a moment to thank all of the teachers who support our Transplantation Science program every year. We are grateful that you continue to look for ways to bring interactive activities into your classroom and value the feedback you give us. Support your […]

¿Por qué no se puede vender órganos en Estados Unidos?

mayo 24, 2021

Una pregunta que nos hacen ocasionalmente es si una persona puede vender sus órganos o recibir algún tipo de incentivo financiero por donarlos. En corto, la respuesta es NO. Te invitamos a seguir leyendo para aprender más sobre las bases legales de la donación de órganos y tejidos y por qué estos son considerados un […]

Can You Sell Organs in the United States?

mayo 21, 2021

A question we get asked occasionally is whether a person can sell their organs or receive some form of financial incentive for donating them. In short, the answer is NO. Selling Organs in the United States is Illegal In fact, it’s illegal to sell organs and tissues for transplants in the United States. The National […]

Hablando de los riñones: desde la enfermedad renal hasta los trasplantes

marzo 16, 2021

En su mayor parte, todo el mundo nace con dos riñones que funcionan de forma saludable. La mayoría de las personas no piensa en sus riñones a diario, pero para aquellos sufren de enfermedad renal o para los receptores de un trasplante de riñón, esos dos pequeños órganos en forma de frijol son muy importantes. […]

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Basics: From Disease to Donation and Transplant"]
marzo 1, 2021

For the most part, everyone is born with two healthy functioning kidneys. Most people don’t think about their kidneys on a daily basis, but for those with kidney disease or kidney transplant recipients, those two small bean-shaped organs are very important. The National Kidney Foundation or NKF is joining us during National Kidney Month to […]

The Heart Truth about Heart Donation and Transplant

febrero 9, 2021

When we think of February, we often picture a heart. This heart symbolizes many things; from love, to Valentine’s Day, to American Heart Month. But for others, a heart holds a much deeper meaning. For those few individuals who have received a heart transplant, it symbolizes the difference between life and death and every thumping […]

Presumed Consent or Opt-Out: What does it mean?

diciembre 10, 2020

You may have been hearing the term “presumed consent” or “opt-out” lately when it comes to organ and tissue donation around the world. The UK is the most recent country to adopt legislation that supports this. The United States operates under an opt-in, first-person consent system. This means individuals must personally, actively sign up on […]