What You Should Know
- Currently more than 110,000 men, women and children are awaiting organ transplants to save their lives. Thousands more are in need of tissue and cornea transplants to restore their mobility and sight.
- Someone is added to the waiting list for an organ every 11 minutes.
- Each day, an average of 75 people receive organ transplants. However, an average of 20 people die each day waiting for transplants that can’t take place because of the shortage of donated organs.
- Anyone can be a potential donor regardless of age, race, or medical history.
- All major religions in the United States support organ, eye and tissue donation and see it as the final act of love and generosity toward others.
- If you are sick or injured and admitted to the hospital, the number one priority is to save your life. Organ, eye and tissue donation can only be considered after you are deceased.
- Through the entire donation process, the body is treated with care, respect, and dignity. An open-casket funeral is possible for organ, eye, and tissue donors.
- There is no cost to the donor or their family for organ or tissue donation.
Statistics from various external resources.
The Kristopher King Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization working to increase pediatric organ donation through education and awareness.