\nImagine being able to save eight lives and help more than 75 people with one simple act.\nBy registering to become and organ, tissue, and eye donor, you can do exactly that. Being an organ donor is a generous gift that can impact and change the lives of so many people. But before registering as a potential donor, it is important to understand the different types of donation and what it truly means to donate life.\nFind out how to register to become an organ donor and get more information on organ donation.\nGiving Life with Organ Donation\nEvery day, 22 people die while waiting for an organ to become available. Organ donors have the ability to save the life of someone on the transplant waiting list. In general, organ donation means that an entire organ or part of an organ can be removed from a donor and given to someone in need of a transplant.\nThe following organs can be donated:\n\nLiver\nHeart\nLung\nKidney\nIntestine\nPancreas\n\nThere are two types of organ donation \u2013 living donation and deceased donation.\nRELATED: The Impact of One Organ Donor\nLiving organ donation\nFor someone in need of liver transplant or kidney transplant, a living donor transplant may be possible. Living donation is when someone donates a portion of their liver or one of their kidneys to a patient while the donor is still alive. This offers an alternative for people waiting for a deceased donor, and it increases the number of organs available, saving more lives.\nLiving donors can be friends, spouses, family members, or altruistic donors who wish to help someone in need.\nRELATED: Learn More About Living Donor Champions\nDeceased organ donation\nIf living donation is not an option, an organ or part of an organ can be given at the time of the donor’s death. This is called deceased donation. Most transplants are done through deceased donation.\nFor a deceased donation to be possible, the person must be in the hospital and on a ventilator when they are pronounced brain dead. It is important to remember, that deceased donation is only possible after all attempts to save the patient’s life have been tried, and brain death has been declared.\nTissue Donation\nIn addition to organ donation, tissue donation can also be a life-saving solution to someone in need. In fact, each year about 1.5 million tissue transplants are performed. The types of tissue that can be donated includes:\n\nTendons\nValves\nVeins\nSkin\nBones\n\nCornea Donation\nCornea donation can restore sight for people who have gone blind. Almost anyone can be a cornea donor because age, eye color, and quality of sight will not impact your ability to donate.\nYou must be at least 18 years old to donate an organ, eye, or tissue.\nFind Out How to Donate Life\nEvery organ, tissue, and eye donor can save lives. Visit the UPMC Donate Life website to learn more about organ donation and register to become a donor.