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Understanding Donation

Understanding DonationWhat you need to know

Transplantation is one of the most remarkable success stories in the history of medicine. But despite continuing advances in medicine and technology, the need for organs and tissue is vastly greater than the number available for transplantation.

Transplantation gives hope to thousands of people with organ failure and provides many others with active and renewed lives. To learn more, choose an option below:


114,712 Patients Waiting*
64,292 Multicultural Patients*
1,737 Pediatric Patients*
28,535 Organ Transplants Performed in 2011
14,144 Organ Donors in 2011
More than 46,000 corneas were transplanted in 2011

More than 1 million tissue transplants are done each year and the surgical need for tissue has been steadily rising.

*as of July 2012