How to Become a Tissue Donor

Are you ready to help save or enhance the lives of up to 50 people? It’s time to make it official.

Registering yourself as a tissue and organ donor is quick and easy, free of charge, and gives you the power to donate life.

Here’s how to get started:

Sign up as an organ and tissue donor in your state’s donor registry. Use our Interactive Tissue Donor Map, click on your state of residence to go to the appropriate donor registration site. Follow their directions to make sure you’re registered correctly.

Other helpful ways to ensure a successful tissue donation:

  • Designate your decision on your driver’s license.
  • Tell your family about your donation decision. That way, they’ll know what to expect, and they can respect your decision.
  • Tell your physician, faith leader, and friends.
  • Include donation in your advance directives, will, and living will.

If you’re unsure about whether you’re a good tissue donor candidate, consider this: All people (regardless of age) should consider themselves potential organ and tissue donors. So don’t rule yourself out!

There are few absolute exclusions (such as HIV infection, active cancer, systemic infection) and no strict upper or lower age limits. Potential donors will be evaluated for suitability when the occasion arises.

Once you’ve taken the proper steps to become a tissue donor, don’t forget to tell others how easy it was. You could start a whole new ripple of donors just by announcing your decision.

New on 50 Voices: Rick’s Story

Diane lost her husband, Rick, to a motorcycle accident a little over a year ago. But because Rick was a tissue and organ donor, she feels like part of him continues on by helping others live.

In her “Wall of Life” post about Rick’s gift, Diane writes:

We had talked about donating our organs to help others so they could enjoy life and maybe be with their grandkids or with their soul mate. Rick was my soul mate for 26 years and we were married for 24 wonderful years. Rick was a great guy and a wonderful husband, dad and grandpa.

Read her entire story on the Wall of Life page.

Has tissue donation affected your life or someone you know? If so, we invite you to share your story on the 50 Voices page.

From the Wall of Life: Noah’s Story

A big part of the FiftyLives movement is sharing stories of how tissue donation has affected so many individual lives. Each donor and recipient has a unique experience, and we want to honor them by highlighting their stories on our Wall of Life.

This story on the FiftyLives Wall of Life will tug at your heartstrings, especially if you’re a parent or grandparent. Losing a child at such a young age is unimaginable, yet these parents managed to turn their loss into a life-changing gift.

Noah was born on January 27, 2006. He was the younger brother of Tyler and the two of them shared a bond just like other brothers do. They were only 2 years difference in age. Noah was all boy but had the best little heart. He was such a loving child, easy to rise, and just went with the flow. He enjoyed riding with Tyler on his power wheels 4-wheeler and playing outside like most children do. He also enjoyed playing with his cars and trucks and loved to cuddle up with his mommy before bedtime, but his most favorite thing to play with was basketballs. Noah was loved by all who met him and could always put a smile on your face.

Read more of Noah’s story here.

Has tissue donation affected your life or someone you know? If so, we invite you to share your story on the Wall of Life.