Organ Donation

Become an Organ Donor

Organ and tissue donation is one of the greatest gifts a person can give. There are almost 115,000 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 donation

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. Learn more about living kidney donation.

Deceased donation

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 Gift of Life

Meet real people in our community who have benefited from the most generous gift of all: The Gift of Life.

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