Each day, 22 people die waiting for an organ transplant, yet many of these deaths are preventable. According to the U.S. Health and Services Administration, while 95 percent of the adult population endorses organ donation, only 54 percent of the people in our country are themselves registered donors. That\u2019s mainly because people don\u2019t know exactly what they\u2019d be signing up for. Still others don\u2019t know how to become an organ donor.\nTogether, we can help change that. For people whose organs are failing because of disease or injury, donated organs and tissue may offer the gift of life. Everyone who signs up to be a donor is giving recipients a second chance to live their lives to the fullest.\nHow to Become an Organ Donor: Two Routes\nIn short, there are two ways you can give the gift of life through organ donation. First, you can become a living donor. You can donate a kidney or a portion of your liver and continue living a full, healthy life. This offers an alternative for people waiting on the transplant waiting list and increases the number of organs available, saving more lives. The living donation process begins with an assessment at an accredited transplant center to determine eligibility. Next, the matching process begins. Often, living organ donors have a beneficiary in mind when they undergo the suitability check. Others simply desire to save a person\u2019s life, even if they don\u2019t know the recipient personally.\nThe second way to give life as an organ donor is to register for deceased organ donation. This simply means that you authorize medical professionals to, at the time of your death, assess your eligibility to transplant your healthy organs or tissue to someone in need. Registering to be a deceased organ donor doesn\u2019t guarantee you the privilege of saving someone else\u2019s life, but it does make that possible in the right circumstances.\nBecoming an organ donor couldn\u2019t be easier. Simply add your name and information to the National Donate Life Registry by visiting UPMC.com\/DonateLife. Then, if all the conditions for successful transplantation are met upon your death, you\u2019ll have donated organs and tissue to up to 75 people.\nWhether you opt for living or deceased organ donation, you are making a difference.\nTo give the gift of life, register to become an organ, eye, and tissue donor at UPMC.com\/DonateLife, or join the conversation about living donation by following us on Facebook today.