Donors and Recipients

Change Lives—Become an Organ and Tissue Donor

Each year, over 2.5 million people are helped through tissue and eye donation. Donated heart valves can replace damaged ones, allowing the heart to function well again. Special grafts help patients with spinal deformities live normal lives. Musculoskeletal tissue replaces bone, tendons and ligaments lost to cancer, severe trauma, degenerative joint disease, arthritis and other conditions. Skin can save the lives of burn victims, provide reconstructive options for defects and deformities (breast, abdominal wall, facial), and other plastic surgery applications.

But without the choice of people like you and the determination of donor families, allograft surgery would not be possible. A single donor can help up to 50 people—often many more—improve their lives. With that in mind, please designate your donation decision. To find out how to be an organ, tissue and eye donor in your state, visit

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