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Image description: There are more than 116,000 people on the organ transplant waiting list. Sign up to save a life at organdonor.gov.

Image description: There are more than 116,000 people on the organ transplant waiting list. Sign up to save a life at organdonor.gov.

117,110 people are waiting for an organ. Consider becoming an organ donor today.

How You Can Help on National Donor Day

Currently, over 100,000 people are waiting for an organ donation, and each day, 18 people die waiting for an organ.

February 14th is recognized across the country as National Donor Day. The nationwide event focuses on five types of donation:

  • organs
  • tissues
  • marrow
  • platelets
  • blood

Many nonprofit organizations hold blood and marrow drives as well as organ and tissue sign ups to encourage those who are able to donate to do so as often as possible.

One organ can save up to 8 lives.

Supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as well as many nonprofit organizations, National Donor Day was started in 1998 by the Saturn Corporation and its United Auto Workers.

Learn more about organ and blood donation and how you can help.

Learn how to become an organ or tissue donor at organdonor.gov.