A Campaign striving to add 300,000 organ donor registrations in the U.S. by April 30!
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, the campaign brings together local and regional organ, eye, and tissue donation organizations, National Partners, and hospitals throughout the nation to educate hospital employees and their communities on the importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation. The first benchmark of the campaign is to register 300,000 new donors registered by April 30, 2012.
Each day, 78 Americans receive a life-saving organ transplant and thousands more benefit from cornea and tissue transplants. These extraordinary gifts have been generously donated by ordinary people of all ages and backgrounds who took just a few minutes in a busy day to indicate their decisions to become organ and tissue donors. Broader awareness of the need for organ, eye, and tissue donation is crucial. There are more than 111,000 people awaiting an organ transplant in the United States and each week, more than 100 people on the national transplant waiting list die because no organ is available.
Here are some key facts about organ, tissue, and eye donation:
Give the gift of life. Sign up today to become an organ, eye, and tissue donor. To learn more about the campaign and donation and to register your donation decision, visit www.organdonor.gov.