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Why Should I Be an Organ Donor?

There are over 134,000 people in the U.S. currently need life-saving organ transplants.

Over 2,800 Tennesseans are waiting on a life saving organ transplant.

Every 11 minutes another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list.

86% of those waiting for an organ are waiting for kidneys

An average of 18 people die each day from the lack of available organs for transplant.

The Facts:

  1. Anyone can be a potential donor regardless of age, race, or medical history.
  2. If you are sick or injured and admitted to the hospital, the number one priority is to save your life. Organ, eye and tissue donation can only be considered after you are deceased.
  3. When you are on the waiting list for an organ, what really counts is the severity of your illness, time spent waiting, blood type, and other important medical information, not your financial status or celebrity status.
  4. There is no cost to the donor or their family for organ or tissue donation.
  5. Signing a donor card and a driver’s license with an “organ donor” designation may not satisfy your state’s requirements to become a donor. Be certain to take the necessary steps to be a donor and ensure that your family understands your wishes.
  6. An open casket funeral is possible for organ, eye and tissue donors. Through the entire donation process the body is treated with care, respect and dignity.

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Interested in becoming a Living Donor?
Contact a Transplant Center Today

Nashville Area Transplant Centers




Centennial Medical Center

2300 Patterson Street, Ste 115

Nashville, TN  37203



St. Thomas Ascension Hospital

4220 Harding Road

Nashville, TN  37205



Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (VA)

1310 24th Avenue , 11-T

Nashville, TN  37212




912 Oxford House

1313 21st Avenue South

Nashville, TN  37232



Other Resources:
Tennessee Donor Services (TDS) is a nonprofit, independent organ and tissue donor network authorized by the federal government to serve 4.9 million people in 84 counties in Tennessee, 8 counties in Virginia, 3 counties in Georgia and 1 county in Kentucky.
TDS is dedicated to supporting families in our community who have lost loved ones by providing an opportunity to donate life through organ, tissue and eye donation.
Created and maintained by Donate Life America, addresses misinformation and mistrust of the transplant network and the healthcare system among Hispanics.
An in-depth Web documentary focusing on the miracle of organ, eye and tissue transplantation in America.
Created and maintained by United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), is the organ transplantation and donation data and information resource for medical professionals and the general public. UNOS brings together medicine, science, public policy and technology to facilitate every organ transplant performed in the United States.
Created and maintained by UNOS, the Transplant Living Web site is the definitive information and education resource for transplant patients and their families. information and education resource for transplant patients and their families.
Maintained by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Healthcare Systems Bureau (HSB), Division of Transplantation, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human, is the U.S. Government Web site for organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation.
The online community for living donors, potential donors, their families, and the medical community.
Providing financial assistance to those who want to donate an organ, priority is given to individuals not otherwise able to afford the travel and subsistence expenses associated with living organ donation.
Living Organ Donor Advocate Program. Nurses and other health-care professionals whose sole purpose to advocate for living donors individually and systemically. The only site that details the psychological and emotional impact of donation on the donor.