Chances are, there's no good reason for you not to become an organ donor and many great reasons why you should.
Psst. Yes, you. YOU should become an organ donor. In honor of National Donor Day, February 14, here are some of the reasons why.
- You're likely to be a good candidate for organ donation regardless of your race, ethnicity, age and health. Only a few health conditions (such HIV infection, active cancer or systemic infection) would make you ineligible to donate.
- You have the power to save up to eight lives as a single donor, according to The United States Department of Health & Human Services. And that's significant, especially when there are approximately 116,780 people waiting to receive an organ, of which 18 will die each day.
- You may just help a neighbor. In approximately 75 percent of organ donation cases, the donor's organ(s) helps someone in his or her own community. In other cases, an organ can be used to help someone in need elsewhere in the United States.
- You might start a trend. By telling your family and friends about your decision to register as an organ donor, you may prompt them to make the same decision, to give the gift of life.
- Registering as an organ donor is simple. Just register online. From start to finish, the process takes approximately one minute.
To learn more about organ donation, visit the United States Department of Health & Human Services online or talk with your doctor. If you would like help finding a doctor, use our online Find a Physician service or call us at 1-855-868-6262 for a physician referral.