The world needs more organ donors. Just one person can save or improve the lives of up to 50 people through the gift of organ and tissue donation.

There are more than 120,000 men, women and children in the United States – 3,000 in Ohio alone – waiting for organ and tissue transplants.

What can be donated?
More than 25 different organs and tissues can be donated, including:

• Heart and heart valves
• Lungs
• Liver
• Pancreas
• Skin
• Eyes
• Intestines
• Bone
• Tendons
• Veins


There are two types of organ donors, living and deceased.

Living donors can donate bone marrow, a kidney, or a portion of the liver or a lobe of the lung. Living donations can be directed to a specific individual, or non-directed, which means your donor profile is registered with the national donor registry and you could be matched with someone in need of a transplant.

Deceased organ donors have previously registered with their state to pass on the gift of their organs and tissues in the event of their death. But all deceased persons can become organ donors, if their next of kin consent. If you're not a registered organ donor at the time of your death, your relatives will be asked about your wishes. Advance directives such as a living will can ensure your wishes are carried out.

Our Pastoral Care office is available to help you set up your living will and answer any questions you or your family may have about organ donation. Please call 740-439-8190.

You can also register to become an organ donor at your area Bureau of Motor Vehicles, or you can visit DonateLifeOhio.org.