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You Have Zero Excuses to Not Be an Organ Donor

One of the hardest conversations I've ever had took place in the fall of 2001. I was with my family in the intensive care unit of Riddle Memorial Hospital, about an hour outside of Philadelphia, near where I'd grown up. The night before, my mother had experienced a sudden brain aneurysm, and by the time I'd made it back from college to see her, she was unresponsive, dependent on a respirator to breathe. The doctors had just told us—in a somewhat coded, careful manner—that the latest brain scan didn't look promising.

That was around the same time a counselor from the local organ donation service approached my father and grandmother and asked—as cautiously and delicately as possible—if…

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 You Have Zero Excuses to Not Be an Organ Donor

Growing up with somebody who believed so deeply in the importance of being a donor skewed my idea of how people thought about this issue; I was surprised, years later, when I learned just how divided people are.

We are a nonprofit educational web site serving the world transplant community. Based at the University of Michigan, TransWeb features news and events, real people's experiences, the top 10 myths about donation, a donation quiz, and a large collection of questions and answers.

Be The Match

Since 1987, we have helped more than 30,000 patients receive the bone marrow or cord blood transplants they need. And we help more patients every day: on average, more than 300 patients receive a transplant through us each month.


The Center for Organ Recovery & Education is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting donation, education and research for the purpose of saving and improving the quality of life through organ, tissue and corneal transplantation.

David Foster Foundation

The David Foster Foundation is dedicated to two chief goals; to provide financial assistance for non-medical expenses, which are not otherwise covered by governmental agencies, to families in Canada with children who are in need of major organ transplants, and to raise public awareness regarding organ donation.

Donate Life America

Donate Life America is a not-for-profit alliance of national organizations and local coalitions across the United States dedicated to inspiring all people to save and enhance lives through organ, eye and tissue donation.

Donor Alliance

Donor Alliance is one of 58 not-for-profit organ recovery organizations federally designated by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to facilitate the donation and recovery of organs for people needing transplants.

Gift of Life

Gift of Life manages a registry of over 120,000 bone marrow donors and a bank of over 800 umbilical cord blood units. Since 1991, Gift of Life has facilitated transplants for over 1,500 patients in need, over 400 of them from 2002-2007 alone.

Gift of Life Donor Program

Since 1974, Gift of Life has worked to coordinate life-saving and life-enhancing transplants for those waiting, while supporting the generous donors and their families who have chosen to give others a second chance through organ donation.

Help Hope Live

As experts in community-based fundraising, we help patients and families faced with a transplant or catastrophic injury tackle the daunting task of bridging the financial gap between what their health insurance will cover and what they actually need to heal, live and thrive.

Life Gift

It's the commitment to those waiting for lifesaving and life-enhancing organ and tissue transplants that drives LifeGift Organ Donation Center to innovate'' to save the lives of men, women and children.


LifeBanc is the non-profit organ procurement and tissue recovery agency for Northeast Ohio. As one of the original seven independent organ procurement organizations in the United States, LifeBanc serves a population of 4.3 million people and works with 80 hospitals in 20 counties.

A new law, effective Jan. 1, 2006, created a new Organ/Tissue Donor Registry making a person''s wishes to be a donor legally binding. Additional witnesses or family consent is no longer required for donation to occur.


Lifesharing Community Organ and Tissue Donation is committed to the life-saving and life-enhancing efforts of transplantation. We strive to be the leader in organ and tissue donation through education, collaboration, and the provision of quality service.

Live Life Give Life

As a charity we hope to encourage people to register as organ donors via awareness campaigns, events and activities.

Living Donors Online

The online community for living donors, potential donors, their families, and the medical community.

Organ Donation UK

As one of the three arms of NHSBT, ODTs key role is to ensure that organs donated for transplant are matched and allocated to patients in a fair and unbiased way. Matching, particularly in the case of kidneys, is so important that donation and allocation needs to be organised nationally. The larger the pool of organs, the better the likelihood there is of a good match.

Each organ and tissue donor saves or improves the lives of as many as 50 people. Giving the "Gift of Life" may lighten the grief of the donor's own family. Many donor families say that knowing other lives have been saved helps them cope with their tragic loss.

Science Care

As an accredited whole body donation program, our goal is to provide human tissue for medical research and education. Considering the shortage of human tissue for research and training, this is a vital service.

The Nicholas Green Foundation

The Nicholas Green Foundation, set up by the Green family, is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the cause of organ and tissue donation around the world. It does this by spreading information to increase awareness of the shortage of donors everywhere.

Transplant Experience

The Transplant Experience program was created to meet your specific needs throughout the transplant process. It''s information. It''s tools and tips. It''s real advice, from experts in transplantation and other transplant recipients.


TRIO is an independent, not-for-profit, international organization committed to improving the quality of life of transplant candidates, recipients, their families and the families of organ and tissue donors.


UNOS brings together medicine, science, public policy and technology to facilitate every organ transplant performed in the United States. Every day, UNOS assists transplant doctors, patients, and members of the public by helping to ensure that organs are procured and distributed in a fair and timely manner.

World Children's Transplant Fund

The World Children's Transplant Fund, or WCTF, is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of pediatric transplantation around the world.

Amy's Army

You can help Amy and thousands of others like Amy that are searching every day for a donor match. If you are interested in becoming a donor and you are between the ages of 18 and 60, there are several options available for you to choose from.

Angel Cove

Angel Cove is an organ donation and transplant awareness site that offers unique social awareness designs on quality apparel and gift items through the Internet. It is our hope that having both an informational and personal portals available will give others the opportunity to relate to all sides of the topics available.

Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation

The Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation is a charitable foundation funding medical research into the cause, prevention, treatment and cure of leukaemia and other related diseases treatable by bone marrow and adult stem cell transplantation.

Association of Donor Recruitment Professionals

ADRP is the only organization devoted exclusively to donor recruitment as a profession. Since the blood, marrow and blood cell, organ and tissue industry is rapidly changing; ADRP can keep you informed on issues affecting these donor recruitment fields.

Australia & New Zealand Organ Donation Registry

ANZOD records and reports on a wide range of statistics that relate to organ donation following death within Australia and New Zealand. Monthly reports on the numbers of organ donors and the number of recipients benefiting from donation are reported on this web site. An Annual report is also available.

Canadian Society of Transplantation

Membership has grown to include health professionals and partners involved in every aspect of organ and tissue donation and transplantation, including recovery, allocation, and distribution of organs and tissues; managing care for patients pre and post transplant; and recognizing and supporting donor families.

Center for International Blood & Marrow Transplant Research

CIBMTR brings together the expertise and unique resources of two leaders in the field of blood and marrow transplant research: the National Marrow Donor Program'' and the Medical College of Wisconsin's International Bone Marrow Transplant Registry and Autologous Blood and Marrow Transplant Registry.

European Liver Transplantation Registry

The ELTR have a truly global representation of European countries with clear prerequisites for contribution to ensure quality, validity, and reliability.

European Society for Organ Transplantation

Professionals who are actively involved in transplantation are cordially invited to join the European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT).


The Eurotransplant International Foundation is responsible for the mediation and allocation of organ donation procedures in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Luxemburg, the Netherlands and Slovenia.

International Liver Transplantation Society

It was recognized that liver transplantation cannot be handled by a small number of physicians, but rather requires the collective and collaborative participation and expertise of physicians and scientists from diverse fields. As a result, the International Liver Transplantation Society (ILTS) was founded by a group of committed individuals at the liver transplantation meeting in Pittsburgh in 1990.

International Pancreas & Islet Transplant Association

The International Pancreas and Islet Transplant Association is a scientific forum for the exchange and discussion of clinical and experimental results and experiences relevant to transplantation of insulin producing tissue in the treatment and cure of diabetes mellitus.

International Pediatric Transplant Association

The International Pediatric Transplant Association (IPTA) is a professional organization of individuals in the field of pediatric transplantation. The purpose of the Association is to advance the science and practice of pediatric transplantation worldwide in order to improve the health of all children who require such treatment.

International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation

The International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation was created in 1981 at a small gathering of about 15 cardiologists and cardiac surgeons. Today we have over 2900 members from over 45 countries, representing over 14 different disciplines involved in the management and treatment of end-state heart and lung disease.

International Transplant Nurses Association

The International Transplant Nurses Society was founded in 1992 as a non-profit organization, to promote the education and clinical practice excellence of nurses who are interested in and participate in the care of solid organ transplant patients.


LifeSource manages all aspects of organ and tissue donation, from identifying potential donors to matching organs with needy recipients, coordinating clinical activities, and arranging surgical recovery teams. LifeSource donation coordinators link the stages of the donation and transplantation processes.

MatchingDonors is a web site created to give people in need of transplant surgery an active way to search for a live organ donor. Our goal is to increase the number of transplant surgeries and improve awareness of live organ donation.

National Kidney Foundation

The National Kidney Foundation, Inc., a major voluntary health organization, seeks to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation.

North American Transplant Coordinators Organization

The NATCO membership is comprised of a diverse group of professionals. Procurement practitioners manage the care of the donor to ensure organ viability, consult with families in their donation decision, arrange for the surgical recovery of organs and match donor organs with recipients.

Experience the real-life stories of donor families and organ and tissue transplant recipients.


Scandiatransplant is a Nordic organ exchange organization and it covers a population of 24.5 million inhabitants in five countries, Denmark (5.4 million), Finland (5.2 million), Iceland (0.3 million), Norway (4.6 million), and Sweden (9.0 million). Today, Scandiatransplant includes a cooperation of all 12 Nordic transplant centers in addition to eight immunology laboratories.

Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand

The Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand has as members, scientists, doctors, transplant coordinators and research students with an interest in all forms of transplantation.

World Marrow Donor Association

An association of members who share a passion for donor care and strive to find the best possible matches for blood cancer patients.

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