Every day, about 22 people in the United States die while waiting for an organ transplant. For people whose organs are failing because of end-stage organ disease, donated organs and tissue may offer the gift of sight, freedom from machines, or even life itself.\nFind out how to register to become an organ donor and get more information on organ donation.\u00a0\nThe Importance of Organ Donation\nApril is National Donate Life Month and the need for organ donors is greater than ever. Did you know?\n\n683,000\u00a0organ transplants have taken place since 1988.\nA single donor may save or enhance the lives of up to 75 people.\nApproximately 28,000 patients begin new lives each year thanks to organ transplants.\nA kidney, a portion of the liver, and bone marrow can each be transplanted from living donors.\nAbout three-quarters of all live donors are relatives of their recipient, most commonly a brother or sister.\nThe number of living unrelated donors has nearly tripled since 1998.\nOn average, 106 people are added to the nation’s organ transplant waiting list each day \u2014 one every 14 minutes.\nMore than 117,000 men, women, and children await lifesaving organ transplants. Even the largest football stadium in the US could not fit the number of patients on the national transplant waiting list. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania alone has more than 8,400 residents awaiting transplantation.\nYou have the power to save lives and improve the quality of life of those in need of any form of transplant.\n\nUnfortunately, there are many misconceptions about organ donation.\nCommon Myths About Organ Donation\n\nMyth\u00a0\u2014 If I am in a car accident, and the doctors and nurses find I’m a registered organ donor, they will not try to save my life.\nFact\u00a0\u2014 Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals will do everything they can to save your life.\n \n\nMyth\u00a0\u2014 I have a history of medical illnesses, therefore my organs cannot be donated.\nFact\u00a0\u2014 Few conditions or illnesses preclude someone from being an organ donor. The Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) will determine the suitability or organs at the time of a donor’s death.\n \n\nMyth\u00a0\u2014 Only the heart, liver, and kidneys can be donated.\nFact\u00a0\u2014 Most organs can be donated, including the stomach, intestines, pancreas, and lungs. You can also donate tendons, corneas, saphenous and formal veins, skin and bone, fascia, and heart valves.\n \n\nMyth\u00a0\u2014 I’m not the right age for organ donation.\nFact\u00a0\u2014 There is no age limit for organ donation. The general age limit for tissue donation is 80 and for cornea donation 70.\n \n\nMyth\u00a0\u2014 Wealthy people are the only people who receive transplants.\nFact \u2014 Organs are matched first according to height, weight, and blood type, followed by medical urgency and then time accrued on the waiting list. Fame and fortune do not determine who receives a transplant. Most major insurances now cover transplants.\n \n\nMyth \u2014 I Cannot Choose Which Organs I Want to Donate.\nFact \u2014 On your donor card, you can list which organs and tissues you’re willing to donate.\nFor more information on how to become an organ donor, and for a list of UPMC Donate Life Month events, visit the UPMC Organ Donation website.