Donation Facts

  • Anyone can be a potential donor, regardless of age or medical history.
  • All major religions in the United States support organ, eye and tissue donation as the final act of love and generosity toward others.
  • If you are sick or injured and admitted to the hospital, the number one priority is to save your life. Organ, eye and tissue donation can only be considered after you are deceased.
  • When you are on the waiting list for an organ, the only things that count are the severity of your illness, time spent waiting, blood type and other important medical information–not your financial or celebrity status.
  • An open-casket funeral is possible for organ, eye and tissue donors. Throughout the entire donation process, the body is treated with care, respect and dignity.
  • There is no cost to the donor or their family for organ, eye or tissue donation.