Teaching Teens About Tissue Donation

Here’s one way to help teens make an informed decision regarding tissue donation: Community Tissue Services, the organization behind FiftyLives, has designed an educational program for high school students.

Focusing on the importance of tissue and organ donation, this informative program creatively presents the facts. Students also learn how to discuss the subject of donation with their family and how to register to be a donor. The program includes:

    • Lesson Plan
    • PowerPoint Presentation
    • Student Guide (includes Pre and Post Tests)
    • Letter to Parents
    • Brochure
    • Video

As part of the curriculum, a staff member from Community Tissue Services (CTS) will come to your location to educate the students. If you’d like more information on this valuable program, please contact your local tissue branch or call CTS at 800-684-7783 ext. 3364.

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.