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Donation Facts


You Can Be a Hero Through Donation
Transplantation is one of the most remarkable success stories in the history of medicine. It gives thousands of people facing organ failure a second chance at life and gives many others active and renewed lives. Despite ongoing advances in medicine and technology, the need for organs and tissues continues to be greater than the number available for transplantation. The good news is that everyone has the power to save lives through organ, eye, and tissue donation, including you!

Facts to Consider


Anyone of any age has the potential to be a donor. If you're an adult, you shouldn't opt out of the Ohio Donor Registry due to age. The oldest donor in the United States was 92 years old at the time of his death.

Teens may register upon receiving a Temporary Instruction Permit (age 15.5); however, consent of a parent(s) or guardian(s) is required should a child under the age of 18 become eligible to donate. In addition to registering, people under the age of 18 are encouraged to discuss their donation wishes with their parent(s) or guardian(s).

The Need

More than 106,000 Americans and 3,000 Ohioans are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. 20 people die each day in the U.S. while waiting for a transplant.

Every 48 hours, an Ohioan dies while waiting for a transplant.

Medical History

Even if you have existing medical conditions, there's a strong possibility you can still be a donor. Recent advances in transplantation now allow more people to become donors, including those with:

  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Poor eyesight

The opportunity to change lives starts with a personal commitment to register as an organ, eye, and tissue donor.