Updated wait list numbers

Tyler, 19, is currently waiting for a kidney transplant.

Each day at any given time, there are thousands of men, women and children waiting for a life-saving organ transplant in the United States. These are people’s parents, children, sisters, brothers, wives, husbands, aunts, uncles, grandparents, best friends and neighbors who are all waiting for a second chance at life. On average, 18 people a day will die waiting, and every 12 minutes a new name will be added to this long list of people who are waiting. The only way to make a difference is to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, so make sure to encourage family and friends to take action and join the Maryland donor registry (or their state’s donor registry if they are not Maryland residents).
Local Maryland Waiting List National Waiting List
Kidney 1,699 90,368
Liver 400 16,264
Pancreas 27 1,345
Kidney/Pancreas 37 2,118
Heart 57 3,171
Lung 36 1,733
Heart/Lung 1 72
Intestines 0 263
Total 2,212 112,674
As of 11/4/2011 via http://www.UNOS.org

To register as an organ, eye and tissue donor in Maryland, visit www.donatelifemaryland.org. If you are not a Maryland resident, visit www.donatelife.net to find your state’s online donor registry.

Be someone’s hero. Register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.

If you or someone you know is currently waiting for an organ or tissue transplant and would like to be featured in future blog posts regarding the waitlist and the need for organ donors, contact Lauren Muskauski, lmuskauski@thellf.org.


About Lauren

Lauren Muskauski is the communications associate at The Living Legacy Foundation. She heads up many community outreach initiatives and projects, with a focus on middle school, high school and college outreach. She also manages The LLF’s and Donate Life Maryland’s presence on social networking sites, such as Twitter and Facebook. Lauren’s commitment to donation started early when she registered as an organ, eye and tissue donor at the MVA upon receiving her first drivers’ license, but was then reinforced a few years later when her father passed away while waiting for a liver transplant. Now, she continues to be inspired on a daily basis by the generosity of donors and their families, as well as the gratitude exhibited by every recipient she meets.
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