Facts

Facts:

Did You Know?

  • Around 120,000 people in the United States are in need of a lifesaving organ transplant.
  • Someone new is added to the waiting list every ten minutes.
  • On average, 21 people die per day waiting for a transplant due to the lack of organ donations.
  • 8,000 deaths occur every year in the United States because not enough organs are donated.
  • One organ, eye, and tissue donor can save and heal more than 75 people.
  • Donating just your organs can save up to eight lives.
  • The cornea is the most commonly transplanted tissue. More than 40,000 corneal transplants take place yearly in the United States.
  • A healthy person can become a living donor by donating a kidney, a section of the liver, lung, intestine, blood, or bone marrow.
  • About 6,000 living donations occur every year. One in four donors are not biologically related to the recipient.
  • Liver and kidney disease kills over 120,000 people each year, more people than Alzheimer’s, breast cancer, or prostate cancer.
  • One in nine, or 26 million, Americans have kidney disease- and most do not know it.
  • One high school-aged athlete suffers a Sudden Cardiac Arrest every three days in the U.S.
  • The leading cause of death in young athletes on the playing field is an undetected heart condition.
  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest contributes to the second most frequent medical cause of death among youth under 25.
  • The best way to detect these heart conditions is through a heart screening using an ECG (Electrocardiogram) and in some cases an Echocardiogram (ultrasound) of the heart.
  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the leading cause of death in the U.S., taking the lives of 356,000 people annually.