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As a Destination Donation Team Member and Ambassador there are a few key statistics and facts you should be aware of for your own knowledge and so you can convey this information to others. Equally as important is to be able to inform people how they register to be an organ, tissue or eye donor. Please review and understand the information below.
SOME STATISTICS TO KNOW
More than 1,800 Wisconsin families are currently waiting for a life-saving transplant. Thousands more await tissue, bone, skin and corneas. One donor can save or improve the lives of more than 50 people. Donated organs are used to save the lives of people with organ failure. Donated corneas restore vision for the blind. Donated skin, bone and tissue help repair defects, promote faster healing, save limbs and can save the lives of those with severe burns. Heart valves give patients a chance to resume normal life.
More than 112,000 Americans are on a waiting list for transplants.
Another person is added to the waiting list every 11 minutes.
In the US, 19 people die daily while waiting for an organ transplant.
85% of the population supports organ donation, including strong support from health care professionals and virtually all organized religions.
Too few of the public have actually signed a donor card or discussed the issue with their families.
Of all the deaths in the US, only 1-2% could result in organ donation – only about 50% of those individuals actually donate. If everyone who could donate did so, the waiting list for transplants would be greatly reduced.
A FEW KEY FACTS TO CONSIDER
Fact: Anyone can be a potential donor regardless of age, race, or medical history.
Fact: All major religions in the United States support organ, eye and tissue donation and see it as the final act of love and generosity toward others.
Fact: If you are sick or injured and admitted to the hospital, the number one priority is to save your life. Organ, eye and tissue donation can only be considered after you are deceased.
Fact: An open casket funeral is possible for organ, eye and tissue donors. Through the entire donation process the body is treated with care, respect and dignity.
Fact: There is no cost to the donor or their family for organ or tissue donation.
WHO NEEDS TO REGISTER?
EVERYONE who wishes to be an organ, tissue and eye donor should register. This includes people with an orange donor dot on their license or state I.D.
HOW DO I REGISTER?
To access the Registry, visit
. Anyone older than 15½ years of age can register.
The online tool is easy to use and takes only minutes to complete.
The Registry is secure and confidential. You may add or remove your name from the Registry at any time.
The Registry ensures your decision to be a donor is honored. Adding your name to the Registry makes a legal record of anatomical gift and authorizes donation.
For those people who live outside of Wisconsin, please go to
for more information onregistering in your state.