National Save a Life Month

Organ Donation

April is National Save a Life Month, increasing education about organ donation. Watch this brief video for an in-depth look into the process of organ donation.

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Organ donation is a topic that many people are not comfortable with or fully informed about.

Common misconceptions include:

  1. I have a medical condition, so I cannot be a donor.
  2. I am too old to be a donor.
  3. My family will not be able to have an open casket funeral if I am a donor.
  4. A physician will not try as hard to save my life if I am an organ donor.
  5. My religion is opposed to organ donation.

Use the links below to learn the truth about these misconceptions as well as information about the types and process of organ and tissue donation.

Learn More

Mythbusters

Learn the facts about the myths presented above and additional misconceptions related to organ, eye, and tissue donation.

Video Library

Learn more about VCA transplants, the process of organ donation, and how to register as an organ donor through these brief educational videos.

FAQs

Did you know that there are two different kinds of donation–deceased donation and living donation. Learn more about these options, as well as the types of organs and tissues that can be donated.

Get Involved

Register in Your State

You can register to be an organ and tissue donor online or when you apply for or renew your driver’s license or ID card.

Bone Marrow Registry

You could be a possible match for a patient in need of a bone marrow transplant. Learn more about how you can become a donor and the steps of the donation process.

Living Donation

Learn more about living donation–the donation of a kidney or portion of the liver, lung, pancreas, or cord blood. Recipients can be strangers or family.