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There is an urgent need for organ and tissue donation. Gift of Life is dedicated to raising the awareness of that need in schools, faith communities and corporate locations. Take the first step — have a conversation with your family or loved ones to communicate your wishes. It’s that easy to make a difference.
- A discussion with your family is the most important step to becoming a donor.
- At the time of death, your medical condition will determine what organs and tissues can be donated.
- Organ and tissue donation takes place only after every effort has been made to save your life and death has been legally declared.
- Donation does not interfere with funeral plans including open casket services. There is no cost to the donor family for organ and tissue donation, however funeral costs remain the responsibility of the family.
- Transplanted organs include the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas and small intenstine. Tissues include heart valves, eyes, corneas, bones, skin, ligaments, tendons and blood vessels.
- Organ and tissue donation is not opposed by any major religious organizations.
- A living donor is an individual who donates a kidney, part of a lung or part of a liver while they are still alive.
125,000 individuals are awaiting a life-saving transplant in the U.S.
3,000 people in Missouri and 1,000 people in Kansas are awaiting a life-saving transplant.
One person every 10 minutes is added to the national waiting list.
21 people per day or 7,665 per year die due to a lack of available organs for transplant.
0 lives will be saved if we do nothing.
Liver Transplant Recipient