Facts & FAQs

Today there are more than 107,000 waiting for a life-saving transplant.



Tony Mankus,


Today there are more than 107,000 people waiting for a life-saving transplant.


A single donor can potentially enhance the lives of up to 75 more through tissue donation.

  • Everyone is a potential donor regardless of age, race or medical history.
  • 60% of all patients waiting for organ transplants are minorities.
  • The number one priority of a hospital is to save your life if you are sick or injured. Donation can only be considered after you are declared dead and your family has been consulted.
  • In 2021, more than 41,000 organs were donated providing life-saving organ transplants and more than one million Americans received a life-changing tissue transplant.
  • All major religions support donation and view it as a final act of love and generosity towards others.
  • There is no age limit on who can donate.
  • Patients awaiting an organ transplant are considered for transplant based on the severity of their illness, time spent on the waiting list, blood type and other important medical information, not economic or social status.
  • There are no costs to the donor’s family for organ and tissue donation. The transplant recipient's health insurance policy, Medicare, or Medicaid usually covers the cost of donation and transplant.
  • Donation does not change the appearance of the loved one’s body. It does not interfere with having a funeral, including open casket services.
  • Your State's Donor Registry is an advance directive. If an individual is over the age of 18 and has added his or her name to the registry, the family cannot override their loved one's decision to donate.

Every ten minutes, someone is added to the national transplant waiting list.

On average, 22 people die each day while waiting for a transplant.

A single donor can potentially save the lives of eight people.

The national waiting list for organ transplant continues to rise. Today there are more than 107,000 waiting for a life-saving transplant.

(Source: https://www.unos.org/data)


For more information, please contact LifeCenter at 513.558.5555 to speak with a member of the Community Relations team.