About FiftyLives

We each carry within us gifts enough to give life and hope to as many as fifty other people. Through tissue donation and Community Tissue Services, one life given makes renewed life possible for dozens nationwide and internationally. In the restored lives of these grateful recipients, the life and memory of donors lives on. FiftyLives.org makes the stories of these gifts available to the world. Here you can learn how life is passed on, how the gift of life is given twice: by families in their moment of grief, and by the donors themselves.

National Hispanic Heritage Month- Carmen, Cornea Recipient

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Carmen has the warm and inviting smile of a dear friend. It is the kind of smile that
makes those around her want smile too. Her bright smile is there today because she
sees life much more clearly than she did several years ago, before a corneal transplant
changed her life.

At the age of 19, Carmen was diagnosed with a progressive medical condition that
affected her vision. As Carmen’s eyesight gradually deteriorated over time, her daily
activities became very limited. Carmen struggled to simply view the computer screen at
her job as an accountant, and she suffered a serious bicycle accident, badly injuring her
knees. Carmen sought medical treatment in her native Mexico, where she lived at the
time, but attempts to restore her eyesight were unsuccessful.

Carmen’s hopes of regaining her vision were fading, but she didn’t give up. In 2004,
shortly after relocating to the United States and settling down in Arizona, Carmen met
with transplant surgeons to assess her options. Doctors determined that a corneal
transplant would be the key to restoring Carmen’s sight, and she decided to pursue the
surgery. Carmen’s transplant was success.

Today, Carmen has resumed living the life she loves without limitation, and she eagerly
talks about the importance of registering as a donor. She also works to dispel the myths
and misconceptions that may prevent some people from saying “yes” to donation.
Carmen acknowledges the life-changing decision of donors and their families with
gratitude for what they make possible. “Without their generosity, says Carmen, “I would
not have been able to regain my sight… this is truly an incredible gift.”

Story submitted by Donor Network of Arizona.

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The Body’s Largest Organ

Skin, while always in sight, is often out of mind. This graphic helps explains the functions of skin and just how important it is to the body! Burn victims suffer the loss of these functions and rely on skin grafts to heal and recover from their severe burns.

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You can read more in depth on what skin does for us at


Follow this link to learn more about skin grafts


These are some testimonials from grateful recipients



National Donate Life Registry – Individual Campaign Page Feature Now Available

The individual campaign feature on the National Donate Life Registry, RegisterMe.org, is live! Anyone registered in the Donate Life Registry now has the opportunity to create a personal donor registration campaign page that can be customized with photos, graphics and text.

Setting up a campaign page offers individuals the opportunity to honor a loved one who was a donor, give thanks for a transplant or show support for friends/family currently on the transplant waiting list. Getting started is easy. Simply click the “Add Campaign” button located on the bottom, right corner of every registrant’s donor record to begin building a personal campaign page.

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After clicking “Add Campaign,” the screen to set up a campaign page layout looks like this:

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To see the very first individual campaign page that was created, visit: