Become a Donor
An anonymous organ donor helped prolong Richie’s life for over a decade. Please consider making the choice to become an organ donor today, so that you have the opportunity to give the greatest gift of life to someone else like Richie.
Registration is quick and easy.
if you live in the United States.
if you live in the United Kingdom.
You can save up to 8 lives by being an organ donor. These facts from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services may help you better understand organ, eye, and tissue donation:
Anyone, regardless of age or medical history, can sign up to be a donor. The transplant team will determine at an individual's time of death whether donation is possible.
Most major religions support organ donation and consider donation as the final act of love and generosity toward others.
If you are sick or injured and admitted to a hospital, the number one priority is to save your life.
When matching donor organs to recipients, the computerized matching system considers issues such as the severity of illness, blood type, time spent waiting, other important medical information, and geographic location. The recipient's financial or celebrity status or race does not figure in.
An open casket funeral is usually possible for organ, eye, and tissue donors. Through the entire donation process, the body is treated with care, respect, and dignity.
There is no cost to donors or their families for organ or tissue donation.
Every state provides access to a donor registry where its residents can indicate their donation decision.
Federal law prohibits buying and selling organs in the U.S. Violators are punishable by prison sentences and fines.
People can recover from comas, but not brain death. Coma and brain death are not the same. Brain death is final.