Who Can Donate?
Anyone can be a registered organ and tissue donor. There are no barriers based on age, race or religion when registering to save lives!
Age and Organ Donation
You are never too old to be an organ, eye or tissue donor. Gift of Life has seen patients over 80 years of age go on to be donors and save and heal lives. To date, the oldest donor in the U.S. was age 95. We encourage people of all ages to place the donor designation on their driver’s license and talk to your family about your decision.
Every individual is evaluated by a team of medical professionals at the time of death to screen for possible diseases that may rule out organ donation. Historically, the only diseases which exclude one from being an organ donor are HIV and metastatic cancer. However, several transplant centers in the nation have begun recovering organs for HIV + donors to be transplanted into HIV + recipients.
We ask that you never rule yourself out from being an organ and tissue donor regardless of medical history. You never know whom you could be helping with your gifts of life.
Religion and Organ Donation
All major religions in the U.S. support organ and tissue donation. Learn about your religion’s perspective on donation here.
Race and Organ Donation
The need for life-saving organ transplants is greatest in multicultural communities. About 60 percent of the patients on the waitlist are from communities of color.
Learn about why a more diverse donor pool will save more lives.
Fast facts about organ & tissue donation!