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Facts & Questions

Each year organ and tissue donation saves thousands of lives in Colorado and across the United States helping people walk again, see again, and recover from severe burns and other injuries and illnesses.

  • In Colorado & Wyoming, more than 2,500 people are currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant.
  • 15 percent of current transplant candidates in Colorado have been on the waiting list for 5 years or more.
  • Colorado has one of the nation’s highest-performing state donor registries with more than 67% of driver’s license/ID card applicants registering as organ and tissue donors (as of 2013 year-end).
  • Transplantable organs include: heart, lung, liver, kidney, pancreas and small intestine.
  • Tissues that are transplantable include: bone, tendons and corneas as well veins, valves and skin.
  • One organ donor can save up to eight lives through organ donation and more than 100 lives through tissue donation


  • Today, 122,866 people are waiting for lifesaving organ transplants nationally; an average of 245 people is added to the waiting list each month.
  • Every year, the lives of about 500,000 Americans are saved or healed by organ and tissue donation.
  • Every 10 minutes another name is added to the national transplant waiting list.
  • Approximately 1,500,000 tissue transplants are performed annually worldwide.
  • More than 6,000 living donations occur each year. One in four donors is not biologically related to the recipient.

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