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Unfortunately, many never get the call saying that a suitable donor organ — and a second chance at life — has been found. It's estimated that 22 people die each day in U.S. because the organ they need is not donated in time.
By donating your organs after you die, you can save or heal more than 75 lives. Many families say that knowing their loved one helped save other lives helped them cope with their loss.
Becoming an organ donor is easy. You can indicate that you want to be a donor in the following ways:
- Register with your state's donor registry. Most states have online registries or you can register at donatelife.net.
- Designate your choice on your driver's license. Do this when you obtain or renew your license.
- Tell your family. Make sure your family knows your wishes regarding donation.
Unsure about donating organs for transplant? Don't let misinformation keep you from saving lives.
Debbie Pollino's son had been in a car accident and died the next day, but part of him lives on because of his choice to be an organ donor.
Every night Carol Allen says a prayer for a man she never met – but a man she owes her life to. His selfless choice to be an organ donor is the sole reason she’s here today.
World Kidney Day is March 12, and Maureen "Mo" Salter of Eau Claire, Wis., wants to share a personal story about why kidney donation is important.