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April is National Organ Donation Month
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The Gift of Life - Organ Donation
Sign up to be an organ donor!
You Can Make a Difference
Sign up as an organ and tissue donor.

hen, to cover all bases, it's also helpful to:

♥  Designate your decision on your driver's license
♥  Tell your family about your donation decision
♥  Tell your physician, faith leader, and friends 
♥  Include donation in your advance directives & will 
The demand for donor hearts is greater than the supply. At any given time, more than 3,000 patients are on the national patient waiting list for a heart transplant, but only about 2,000 donor hearts become available for transplantation in a year. You can help by registering as an organ donor in your state.

Our Stories - In Their Own Words

Heart transplant recipient Kayde Wolf shares her personal story about the Gift of Life.

The Bionic Bride and her New Heart

  Allyssa Smith-Babineaux, heart transplant recipient.  Ally Smith-Babineaux talks about her journey. (YouTube)

Twenty-nine Years - A Tremendous Gift  

Charles Washington with Dr. Bud Frazier

When he died in 2014, seventy-five-year-old retired research chemist and teacher Charles Washington was thought to be the longest surviving heart transplant recipient. (YouTube) 


Grandmother Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Heart Transplant
Grandmother celebrates 20th anniversary of heart transplant - Glenda Pay in TMC News

Glenda Pay celebrated the 20th anniversary of her heart transplant in 2013. Pay's journey began at age 41 when she acquired a bad cough and chest pain that would not subside. Eventually, she was diagnosed with heart failure. After referral to Dr. Bud Frazier at the Texas Heart Institute, physicians determined that Pay's heart disease was familial, affecting only women in the family. She would need a heart transplant. Today, Pay volunteers with the Heart Exchange Support Group and encourages people to register as organ donors.

See also on this site:

See on other sites:

Organ Donation

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
All about the gift of life, organ and tissue donation.

Donate Life America
Alliance of organizations committed to increasing organ, eye and tissue donation. 

National Marrow Donor Program or  
National program that matches marrow donors and people who need a transplant.

Updated August 2016

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