National Organ Donor Day

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National Organ Donor Day
United States
National Organ Donor Day

National Donor Day, recognized on February 14th in the United States, aims to heighten awareness about the critical need for organ, tissue, bone marrow, platelets, and blood donations. The initiative seeks to inspire more individuals to become donors.

As of March 2022, the national transplant waiting list in the United States exceeded 105,000 patients, all awaiting life-saving organ donations. This number continues to rise. Notably, a single organ donor has the potential to save up to eight lives. Despite nearly 90% of U.S. adults expressing support for organ donation, only around 60% are registered donors. In the case of blood donation, one contribution can save three lives, and the demand for over 38,000 daily blood donations persists. Although approximately 38% of Americans are eligible to donate blood and its components, only 2% have actively contributed.