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All of the facts you need to know about the great need for organ donor awareness.

All of the facts you need to know about the great need for organ donor awareness.
Organ & Tissue Donation Fast Facts
  • 95% of people support organ donation.
  • More than 42,000 Americans received a life-saving transplant in 2022, the first time yearly transplants exceeded that threshold.
  • Sadly, 17 people die each day waiting for an organ transplant.
  • There are about 5,000 men, women and children in our region awaiting a life-saving organ transplant.
  • Nationally, there are more than 100,000 people on the waiting list for an organ transplant.
  • One organ donor can save up to eight lives, and one tissue donor can improve the lives of up to 100 others.
  • Every eight minutes, another person is added to the national transplant waiting list.
  • 85% of patients waiting for a life-saving transplant are waiting for a kidney.
  • More than half of the patients on the waiting list are from communities of color.
  • Being an organ donor does not affect medical care or funeral arrangements.
  • About Gift of Life Donor Program: Since 1974, Gift of Life has coordinated more than 58,000 organ transplants and more than 2 million life-enhancing tissue transplants.
    • Gift of Life’s region is the eastern half of PA, southern NJ and DE.
    • Gift of Life’s service area includes 11.3 million people.
    • Gift of Life’s annual donation rate equates to 61 organ donors per-million-population — ranking it among the highest in the world.  GLDP serves the most giving region in the nation!