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The proper way to sign up to be an organ donor is to:

C: You can register as an organ donor through your state’s motor vehicle department. When you select “yes” to organ donation the designation is included on your license.

True or False: You can pay to be ranked in a higher position on the transplant waiting list.

False. You cannot pay to change where you rank on the waiting list. Patients are matched based on a variety of factors that include medical urgency, blood/tissue type and size match with the donor, time on the waiting list, and proximity between the donor and the recipient.

Who manages the transplant system in the U.S.?

B: The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is the non-profit organization that manages our nation's organ transplant system under contract with the federal government.

Using a living donor is only done as a last resort when there is no other suitable way to procure a needed tissue or organ.

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If you have type AB blood this means:

A: Type AB is the universal recipient, and can receive from any other types, but can only donate to other AB’s.

The complete and irreversible loss of all brain function is known as:

C: Brain death is the complete and irreversible loss of all brain function. Blood and the oxygen it carries no longer flow to the brain. The patient is clinically and legally dead. There is no chance of recovery. Most deceased organ donations occur after the patient is declared brain dead.

True or false: Once you hit age 65 you are no longer eligible to be an organ donor.

False: There is no age limit for organ donation. Even people in their 80s and 90s have successfully donated organs.

True or false: If you are registered as an organ donor, doctors will not work as hard to save your life so that they can use your organs for transplant.

False: Organ and tissue recovery takes place only after all efforts to save your life are exhausted and death is declared. The doctors working to save your life are entirely separate from the medical team involved in recovering organs and tissues.

Gift of Life works to:

D: All of the above. Since 1974, Gift of Life has worked to coordinate life-saving and life-enhancing transplants for those waiting, while supporting the generous donors and their families who have chosen to give others a second chance through organ donation. Gift of Life is a nonprofit organization serving the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware.

What is the Donor Dash?

B: The Donor Dash is an annual Gift of Life fundraising event that celebrates those who have received transplants, honors the generosity of donors, and gives hope to those who are waiting for an organ transplant. Featuring a 10k and 5k run, and a 3k walk, the Dash raises funds to educate the community about the critical need to register as an organ and tissue donor.

Approximately how many people are currently waiting for an organ or tissue transplant in the U.S.?

C: More than 120,000 people nationwide are currently waiting for an organ or tissue transplant. Every ten minutes, another person is added to the list. The need is great and you have the power to do something about it, by becoming an organ donor. Your single selfless act to be an organ donor gives you the opportunity to save up to eight lives. You can also heal many more lives through tissue donation.

True or False: All major religions support organ donation.

True. All major religions support organ donation as the ultimate act of charity and self-sacrifice. This includes Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Episcopal, Islam, Judaism, Lutheran, Mormon, Presbyterian and many other religions.

What is the most transplanted organ?

B: Kidneys are the most frequently transplanted organs and make up about 80 percent of all transplanted organs.