Donation Statistics

  • More than 24,000 patients across the United States of all ages and ethnicities began new lives in 2014 (65 each day) thanks to organ transplants, including heart, intestines, kidney, liver, lungs and pancreas.
  • Each year, more than 1 million tissue transplants, including bone, cornea, heart valve, and tendon, are performed to help people recover from spinal injuries, burns and cardiac disease.
  • More than 50,000 patients have their sight restored each year through corneal transplants.
  • On average, a single donor can save or heal the lives of more than 50 people.

Who is waiting?

  • Nearly 125,000 men, women and children in the United States are currently waiting for organ transplants.
  • On average, 150 people are added to the nation’s organ transplant waiting list each day—one every 10 minutes.
  • Sadly, an average of 21 people die each day because the organs they need are not donated in time.

Who can donate?

  • People of all ages and medical conditions should consider themselves potential donors and register with their state donor registry.
  • Nearly 35% of donors are age 50 and over (nearly 10% are age 65 and over).
  • Successful transplantation is often enhanced by the matching of organs between members of the same ethnic group who are more likely to have compatible blood types and tissue markers.

What about living donation?

  • A living donor can provide a kidney or a portion of their intestine, liver, lung or pancreas to save the life of a waiting patient.
  • There are approximately 6,000 living donors each year.
  • To learn more about living donation, visit

What can you do?

  • According to research, 98% of all adults have heard about organ donation and 86% have heard of tissue donation. Still, many have not registered as donors, not because they are unsupportive of donation, but because they “just haven’t gotten around to it” or because no one has asked them.
  • More than 125 million people are enrolled in state donor registries, representing approximately half of all U.S. residents age 18 and over.
  • Register as a donor today and provide hope to those who wait: