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Organ Donation

More than 112,000 people are waiting for organ transplant in the U.S. and every 10 minutes another person is added to the national waiting list.

Unfortunately, many never get the call saying that a suitable donor organ – and a second chance at life – has been found. It is estimated that 22 people die each day in U.S. because they 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.

In The News

Eau Claire receives two organ donation awards

Excellence in Tissue Donation and Award of Hope gold level were awarded by the University of Wisconsin Organ and Tissue Donation.

May 24, 2021
La Crosse hospital honored for organ, tissue donation

The Excellence in Tissue Donation Award is given to Versiti partner hospitals who achieve at least a 60% consent rate.

May 24, 2021
Organ donation myths debunked

April is National Donate Life Month, and Mayo Clinic Health System is debunking common myths about organ, eye and tissue donation.

April 5, 2021

From The Blog

Donate Life

Organ donation: Don't let these myths confuse you

Unsure about donating organs for transplant? Don't let misinformation keep you from saving lives.

April 16, 2021

Meeting the man who received her son’s heart is an answered prayer

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.

March 29, 2017

Eau Claire woman gives thanks for organ donation gift

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.

April 21, 2016
mo and brother SM

How important is it to be a kidney donor?

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.

March 5, 2015