More than 120,000 Americans are currently waiting for an organ transplant and nearly 22,000 of them live in California. That means that one in five people on the U.S. transplant waitlist are Golden Staters.
Registering as an organ donor can make a huge difference for families across California, and it’s easy. You can sign up online if you’re 13 or older or sign up when you apply for or renew your driver’s license.
If you’re still wondering if organ donation is right for you, here are eight things you should know:
- Anyone can become a donor regardless of age, ethnicity, or medical history.*
- All major religions support or allow organ, eye, and tissue donation.
- There is no cost to the donor or their family.
- About every 10 minutes a person is added to the transplant waiting list — that’s nearly 150 people per day.
- Sadly, an average of 22 patients die every day while waiting for a donation, simply because the organ they needed was not available.
- One person can save eight lives and enhance the lives of 75 others as an organ, eye, and tissue donor.
- On average, 81 organ transplants take place every day in the U.S., meaning 29,000 people are given a new lease on life every year!
- An open casket funeral is still possible for donors. Be assured that the body is treated with dignity, care, and respect throughout the entire process.
*You must be 13 years of age to sign up for organ donation online and families of registered donors under the age of 18 must still consent to the donation being carried out.