Donation Data

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.

Local Stats

  • In Colorado, over 2,500 people are currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant.
  • Of those, approximately 1,860 are currently waiting for a kidney – the organ most in need (74%) – and approximately 610 are waiting for a liver (24%).
  • 19% of current transplant candidates in Colorado have been on the waiting list for 5 years or more.
  • 45% of those waiting for an organ transplant are between 50 and 64 years of age.
  • Colorado has one of the nation’s highest performing state donor registries with nearly 68% of driver’s license/ID card applicants registering as organ and tissue donors (as of 2015 year end).

National Stats

  • Today, over 120,000 people are waiting for lifesaving organ transplants nationally.
  • Recoverable organs include the heart, lung, liver, kidney, pancreas and small bowel.
  • Tissues that are recoverable include bone, tendons and corneas as well as veins, valves and skin.
  • One donor can save up to eight lives through organ donation and save and heal more than 50 lives through tissue donation.
  • Of those waiting, 14,843 (12%) patients are in need of a liver transplant and 100,457 patients (83%) are in need of a kidney.
  • Every 10 minutes another name is added to the national transplant waiting list.
  • More than 5,000 living donations occur each year. One in four donors is not biologically related to the recipient.



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