About Donation

More than 100,000 people are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant, including more than 3,000 North Carolinians. Deceased organ donation is the gift of heart, lungs, liver, pancreas, kidneys, or small intestines for the purpose of transplantation. Donated corneas can restore sight for a recipient. Tissue donation can include skin, bone, heart valves, and veins. These gifts are used in many medical procedures that can save the lives of survivors of burns or injuries, restore mobility to veterans or athletes, support reconstructive surgery for cancer survivors, or provide structural components for people who need spinal or dental recovery treatments.