Deciding on Donation

Saying yes to organ, eye and tissue donation saves lives.

Already got the facts on organ, eye and tissue donation from your healthcare team?  If so head straight to the “Join Today! Be a Donor” page to register to saves lives through organ, eye and tissue donation.

Need more information before you decide? Review the information below and explore our website. To get answers to the most frequently asked questions, visit the “Facts and Questions” page. To watch a video on the organ donation process, go to the “Understanding Donation” page.

Gabriel, Heart Recipient   Jeff, Kidney Recipient      Kelsi, Tissue Recipient

The Need

Every year, organ, eye and tissue transplants provide hope to tens of thousands of people in need due to disease, injury, trauma or blindness. Transplants offer patients a new chance at healthy, productive lives and keep families and communities intact.

Transplantation requires the commitment of organ, eye and tissue donors to save and heal lives. In Colorado alone more than 2,400 people are on the waiting list for a lifesaving organ transplant. More than 120,000 are waiting nationwide. Thousands more patients could benefit from lifesaving and healing tissue.

The Facts

What it means: Registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor means you have made the decision to donate organs and tissues to patients in need at the time of your death.

Anyone can register:
Anyone—regardless of age, lifestyle or medical condition—can register as a donor. Patients with chronic conditions can save and heal lives through donation.

Medical care:  Your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor will not interfere with your medical care. Doctors and nurses caring for you before death are not involved in the donation process.

No cost: There are no costs associated with organ, eye and tissue donation. Your family will be responsible for the cost of your care prior to death and any funeral expenses.

Dignity and respect: Donors and their families are treated with the utmost respect and care. Donation will not delay or prevent funeral arrangements, including an open casket funeral.

Fair and equitable: Severity of illness, time spent waiting, blood/tissue type, size and distance are the factors that determine a person’s place on the organ transplant waiting list.

Religious support: All major religions support organ, eye and tissue donation and view it as a final act of charity and goodwill.

Lifesaving Impact

Your decision has the potential to save and heal lives.  On average, 400 lives are saved every year thanks to the generosity of organ donors from Colorado. Tens of thousands more lives are saved and healed by Colorado eye and tissue donors.

Transplantable organs include the kidneys, liver, heart, lungs, pancreas and small intestine. Transplantable tissue includes bone, tendons, heart valves, skin, veins and corneas. Each of these can save or heal a life.

Making Your Decision

Deciding on donation means making an educated decision about organ, eye and tissue donation.

Every Colorado resident will be asked whether they would like to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor at the driver’s license office, but you don’t have to wait until then. When you are ready, click here to register to saves lives through organ, eye and tissue donation.

Please remember to tell your family about your decision.




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