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Organ & Tissue Donation

One registered donor can touch so many lives

When you register as an organ, eye, and tissue donor, your decision could save the lives of up to 8 people through organ donation, while 75 other people could experience healing through your gift of tissue. And countless other lives could be enhanced and improved through research using donated organ, eye, and tissue gifts that cannot be used for transplants.

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Organ Donation

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Heart

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Lungs

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Liver & Pancreas

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Kidneys

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Small Intestines

Organs that can be donated are the heart, lungs, liver, pancreas, kidneys, and small intestines. Organs are used to save lives by replacing diseased organs with healthy ones. Over 80% of the people who need to have a transplant surgery are waiting for kidneys. When a healthcare professional notifies HonorBridge about a potential organ donation, we step in to speak with the family, evaluate the potential gifts, and coordinate the donation and transplantation process.

Tissue Donation

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Skin

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Bone

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Corneas

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Heart Valves

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Veins

Tissues that are most commonly donated include skin, bone, corneas, heart valves, and veins. These gifts are used to treat survivors of burns, to heal diseases such as cancer or heart disease, to restore sight, or to help people with athletic injuries heal. When a healthcare professional notifies HonorBridge of a potential tissue donor, we step in to see if the person is a registered donor, speak to the family, and evaluate the potential gifts. Recovery takes place in the hospital or at HonorBridge’s facility before the donor is transported to the funeral home.

Ready to Register?

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

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Every 10 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