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.
- 1 in 300 youths have an undetected heart condition that puts them at risk for sudden cardiac arrest.