National Donate Life Month: About Organ Donation

Friday, April 15th, 2016

This post was last updated on April 6, 2017

No one likes to be kept waiting. Imagine being one of the more than 118,000 people currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.

April is National Donate Life Month, a time when we celebrate those who have given the gift of life through organ, eye, and tissue donation.

Established in 2003 by Donate Life America and its partnering institutions, National Donate Life Month is comprised of local, regional, and national events designed to teach about the importance of organ donation and encourage others to register as donors.

Organ Donation Saves Lives

If you are considering being an organ donor, it’s important to know the facts, and understand the impact you can make when you take this important step.

  • On average, 22 people die every day while waiting for a transplant.
  • One single organ or tissue donor can help up to 75 people.
  • A single organ, tissue, and eye donor has the ability to save eight lives.

Types of Organ Donation

There are two types of organ donation: living donation and deceased donation. Living donation is an option for those waiting for a kidney or a liver transplant. To be a living donor you must:

  • Be age 18 to 55
  • Be in general good health
  • Have an unselfish desire to contribute to another person’s life

When living donation is not possible, an organ can be donated from a deceased donor. Most transplants are done through deceased donation.

How Can You Help?

On average, one person is added to the organ donation wait list every 10 minutes. By registering as an organ donor, you have the ability to save lives and offer hope to those on the transplant waiting list. You can help by:

For a list of events and activities, visit our Donate Life webpage throughout Donate Life Month. 


Transplant Services

For more than 30 years, UPMC Transplantation Services has defined the field of transplantation. Since 1981, we have performed more than 17,500 organ transplants. Our role as a pioneer in solid organ transplantation has allowed us to develop some of the most extensive clinical expertise in the field, giving hope to patients across the country and around the world. Read More