How Donation Works

A generous community effort to increase registered donors and save future lives

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What is Donation After Life

Donation is a selfless act that saves and heals lives

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.

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What is Involved?

 How gifts of life are shared with those in need

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Anyone can register to be a donor

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HonorBridge works with the family and medical team

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Recipients are identified

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Recover – Gifts are recovered and delivered to transplant partners

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Remember – We remember and honor our donor heroes

Did you know one person can save eight lives and help many more?

When you make the decision to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor, you can save the lives of 8 people waiting for an organ transplant. One person who donates tissue can provide healing gifts to 75 other people.

Why Every Registered Donor Counts

Anyone can register, but less than 1% will become organ donors

Your decision makes a difference

Every day, people die waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. Many more are waiting for a life-enhancing procedure to heal from injuries or disease. Anyone can register to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor, but only 1% of people who die in a hospital will actually become organ donors. Far more donors will be eligible to donate tissue, potentially impacting up to 75 people. That’s why every registered donor counts. Your decision to become a registered donor could bring hope and healing to so many others.

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Donation Facts

Fact: A medical professional’s first priority is always to provide care and preserve life.

Doctors will make every effort to save a patient’s life, regardless of whether or not that patient is a registered donor.

Fact: Organ and tissue donors can have an open casket.

HonorBridge works with funeral service professionals to coordinate the family’s wishes for burial with organ and tissue recovery. Our donors are always treated with dignity and respect, and their bodies can be viewed at a service after their donations have been recovered.

Fact: Every major faith tradition supports donation.

And in every culture, people believe that the decision to care for and help our neighbors is a good and moral choice. The decision to be a donor is an individual choice that is supported by diverse communities and belief traditions.

Stories of Hope

Read about the impact of organ, eye, and tissue donation in our community

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in 2023
saved through the generous act of organ donation

Brian Odom’s Story: The Breath of Life   

Kenan’s Story: A Daughter’s Gift of Life 

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Your decision today could save or change the lives of so many people

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Every 9 minutes another person is added to the national waiting list

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17 people die each day waiting for an organ transplant

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1 donor can heal up to 75 lives through eye & tissue donation

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More than 100,000 women, children, and men in the US are waiting for lifesaving transplants

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More than 3,000 North Carolinians are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant