Every day in the United States, an average of 21 people die waiting for organ transplants.
One name is added to the wait list every 16 minutes.
During the past 10 years, the transplant waiting list has more than doubled.
There are currently 124,000 men, women, and children now needing heart, kidney, liver, lung and pancreas transplants. Tens of thousands of others need corneas to restore sight, bone, and other tissues to repair injured or diseased bones and joints, skin to heal burns, and the heart valves to replace diseased ones
One donor has the potential to save and enhance more than 50 lives and take up to eight people off the organ transplant waiting list
Studies have shown that 90% of the population supports organ donation, including strong support from health care professionals and virtually all organized religions, though less than 30% of people nation-wide have actually placed the organ donor designation on their drivers license
Of all the deaths in the United States, only 1-2% have the potential to result in organ donation. Unfortunately, only about 50% of those individuals actually donate