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Organ and tissue donation is one of the greatest gifts a person can give. There are more than 118,000 men, women and children in the United States on the National Waiting list, waiting for an organ transplant. A person can chose to become a living donor or a deceased donor.
Living organ donation dates back to 1954, when a kidney from one twin was successfully transplanted into his identical brother. Today, the number of living organ donors is more than 6,000 per year. And one in four of these donors is not biologically related to the recipient.
By offering a kidney, lobe of a lung, portion of the liver, pancreas or intestine, living donors offer their loved one or friend an alternative to waiting on the national transplant waiting list for an organ from a deceased donor.
Deceased organ, eye or tissue donation is the process of giving an organ (or a part of an organ), eye or tissue at the time of the donor’s death for the purpose of transplantation to another person. At the end of your life, you can give life to others.
Learn more about deceased organ donation by going to LifeCenter Northwest’s website. LifeCenter Northwest is the organ procurement organization serving Alaska, Montana, North Idaho and Washington.
You can also find more information about organ donation on the United Network for Organ Sharing website. United Network for Organ Sharing is a private, non-profit organization that manages the nation’s organ transplant system.
The decision to become an organ donor is not an easy one. But did you know that one organ and tissue donor can help more than 50 people?
Learn more in this short video, produced by Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital in Spokane, Washington. You'll meet real people in our community who have benefited from the most generous gift of all - The Gift of Life.