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Organ Donation

National Donor Day is February 14

This Valentine’s Day, share the love and learn about organ donation.

Every year on February 14, National Donor Day raises awareness about the lifesaving benefits of organ, eye, and tissue donation.

It also celebrates those who have saved lives through the gift of donation.

Organ donation takes the healthy organs and tissues of someone who has died and transplants them to people waiting for lifesaving organs. There are no age limits on who can donate, and even someone with an illness may be able to donate organs or tissue.

If you want to become an organ donor or learn more about it, visit the national organ donor website.

113,000 + men, women, and children were on the national transplant waiting list in 2019. 20 people die each day waiting for a transplant. 1 donor can save 8 lives by making vital donations of a  heart, lungs, liver, pancreas,  kidneys, and intestines. 95% of U.S. adults support organ donation but only 58% are signed up as donors.

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