5 good reasons to be an organ donor
If you're on the fence about registering as an organ donor, consider these facts.
Deciding whether to sign up as an organ donor is a difficult decision. That may be why even though 95% of U.S. adults support organ donation, only 54% are registered organ donors.
If you've been on the fence about organ donation, consider these 5 facts:
- Over 116,000 people are currently on the national transplant waiting list.
- A new person is added to the list every 10 minutes.
- Each year, the number of people on the waiting list grows at a higher rate than the number of organ donors.
- 20 people die each day waiting for an organ.
- Approximately 83% of people on the transplant list need a kidney and 12% need a liver. Living donors may be able to help those waiting for these organs. As a living donor, you can make a directed or non-directed donation – about 25% of living donors are not related to the recipient.
Ethnic minorities account for 58% of people on the waiting list. Transplant success is often better when organs are matched between people of the same ethnic background and these communities are greatly in need of more organ donors.
Anyone over the age of 18 can register as an organ donor. In some states, people under age 18 can register as well. You can sign up online through your state registry or register through your local motor vehicle department. Your registration status can be updated at any time.
If you register as an organ donor, it's important to tell your family so they can help support your wishes.