National Donor Day

National Donor day honors those who have chosen to give one or more of the five points of life: organs, tissues, marrow, platelets, and blood. Last year alone, organ donors made more than 28,000 transplants possible. Another one million people received cornea and other tissue transplants that helped them recover from trauma, bone damage, spinal injuries, burns, hearing impairment and vision loss. Unfortunately, thousands die every year waiting for a donor organ that never comes. You have the power to change that.

This national promotion was started in 1998 by the Saturn Corporation and its United Auto Workers partners with the support of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and many non-profit health organizations. Won’t you join the list of honorees?

Don’t rule yourself out because of age. The liver I received in 2006 came from a 70 year old woman who died suddenly of a brain aneurism. She had registered as a donor. I thank her daily.

  • FACT: Anyone, regardless of age or medical history, can sign up to be a donor.
  • FACT: Most major religions in the United States support organ donation and consider donation as the final act of love and generosity toward others.
  • FACT: There is no cost to donors or their families for organ or tissue donation.
  • FACT: Although organs are not matched according to race/ethnicity, and people of different races frequently match one another, all individuals waiting for an organ transplant will have a better chance of receiving one if there are large numbers of donors from their racial/ethnic background. This is because compatible blood types and tissue markers—critical qualities for donor/recipient matching—are more likely to be found among members of the same ethnicity. A greater diversity of donors may potentially increase access to transplantation for everyone.

Select the icon below to watch a video by Catherine Lan Tran, donor mother and donor spouse.

Catherine lost her husband and then a year later, her son.

She has turned personal tragedy into a mission to help others understand the power of organ and tissue donation and the legacy it leaves for the family that is left when a member of their household has died.

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