There are a lot of myths about organ donation, but only the facts count.
Your decision to donate will not interfere with life-saving medical care. Organ, eye and tissue donation is only an option after all attempts have been made to save your life and death has been declared.
- Anyone can potentially be a donor regardless of age, race or medical history. Cancer, heart disease, diabetes, poor eye sight or cataracts will not prevent you from being a donor.
- All major religions approve of organ, tissue and eye donation, and see it as an unselfish act of charity.
- Donation does not prevent open casket funerals.
- Organs and tissue are surgically removed and the donor is treated with utmost dignity and respect.
- There is no cost to the donor or their family for organ, tissue and eye donation.
- It is illegal to distribute organs based on wealth, citizenship, or celebrity status.
- It is illegal to buy or sell organs for transplantation in the United States.
- Let family members know about your decision to become an organ, tissue and eye donor. Only then can they support your decision to give the Gift of Life.
One organ donor can save up to 9 lives, enhance the lives of 50 more through tissue donation and restore sight to 2 individuals.