• Approximately 78 organ transplants take place every day in the United States
  • On average, a single tissue donor can save or enhance the lives of up to 50 people
  • More than 28,000 patients began new lives in 2012 thanks to organ transplants
  • Over 42,500 patients had their sight restored last year through cornea transplants
  • A living donor can provide a kidney or a portion of their liver, lung, pancreas or intestine
  • The number of unrelated living donors has more than tripled since 1998
  • To learn more about living donation visit
  • Sadly, an average of 18 patients die every day while waiting, simply because the organ they needed did not become available in time
  • On average, 138 people are added to the nation’s organ transplant waiting list each day—nearly one every 10 minutes
  • More than 120,000 men, women and children are currently waiting for an organ transplant in the U.S. Over 1,800 of them are Pediatric Patients* and more than 67,000 areMulticultural Patients*
  • In 2012, there were 14,013 Organ Donors resulting in 28,052 organ transplants
  • Nearly 30% of patients awaiting transplants are African American
  • More than 46,000 corneas were transplanted in 2012
  • More than 1 million tissue transplants are done each year and the surgical need for tissue has been steadily rising
  • More than 100 million people, nearly 43 percent of the U.S. adult population, are registered as organ, eye and tissue donors
  • To register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor visit