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The Gift of Life: Organs & Tissues for Transplant

One person can save or enhance the lives of up to 50 other people through organ and tissue donation. Learn what can be donated to help save a life or give a better quality of life to those in need.

Organs and Tissues

Liver Transplants

Currently, 15,187 people in the U.S. await life-saving liver transplants. In our region alone, 608 people are on the waiting list for a liver transplant.

Heart Transplants

Currently, there are 4,223 people awaiting heart transplants in the U.S. 123 people in our region are on the waiting list for a life-saving heart transplant.

Kidney Transplants

108,324 people in the United States are currently on the waiting list for kidney transplants. In the Gift of Life service region, 4,912 people are waiting on a life-saving kidney transplant.

Intestine Transplants

In children, the small intestine is often transplanted in combination with the liver, stomach and pancreas – a multi-organ transplant.

Lung Transplants

Currently, 1,521 people await life-saving lung transplants in the U.S. In our region alone, 117 individuals are on the waiting list for a lung transplant.

Pancreas Transplants

Pancreas transplants offer hope to patients with type 1 diabetes. Currently, 1,045 Americans are on the waiting list for a pancreas transplant.

Tissue Donation

While many people are familiar with the idea of organ donation, tissue donation is not as familiar, but is no less a gift of life. The gift of donated tissue can help many people in a variety of ways and the stories of lives changed by generous donors are countless.

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Donor Registry, Dialysis, Living Donor, Organ Donors, Transplant Waiting List

The Interactive Body

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Explore the Interactive Body to learn about organs and tissues needed for others awaiting transplants.

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Delay = Death - Pass HB 30!

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Pennsylvania elected officials have a deadly pattern. Since 2014, they’ve blocked 28 people from becoming organ donors – after those people or their families made clear they wanted to give the gift of life. Help us pass House Bill 30!


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It’s easy to add the donor designation to your driver's license or state I.D. card. In Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Sign up today!

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National Donor Sabbath

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National Donor Sabbath, observed annually in November, seeks to educate faith-based communities about the need for organ, eye and tissue donors. Order free materials to celebrate National Donor Sabbath, taking place Nov. 11-13!

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