When you add your name to the Wisconsin Donor Registry, you have authorized the gift of your organs and tissues upon your death. Why register your decision? It’s legal authorization and protects your family from having to decide for you at a time of loss and grief. Please tell your family you registered as a donor, so they know now that you want the opportunity to help others later.
More than 3,000 of your family, friends and neighbors await an organ or tissue transplant. One donor can save and heal the lives of more than 75 people. Donated organs are used to save the lives of people with organ failure. Donated corneas restore vision. Donated gifts of tissue and eyes can improve many lives. Corneas restore vision. Skin, bone and ligaments help repair defects and injuries, promote faster healing, prevent amputations and can save the lives of those with severe burns.
Vern Maly became an organ and tissue donor and started a chain reaction that affected thousands of people. He was the first organ donor at Sauk Prairie Hospital, and the team there created a video of his Honor Walk to the operating room that was viewed by more than 40,000 people on YouTube. Complete strangers registered as organ donors because they were touched by Vern's story.
Established in 1966, UW Organ and Tissue Donation (UW OTD) is one of 58 federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organizations in the nation. We are dedicated and compassionate experts who serve deceased organ and tissue donors and their families. With great respect and kindness, we support donors and their families as members of our UW OTD family.
Our team is passionate about service, innovation and education. We work with community partners to promote the importance of registering your organ and tissue donation decision on your state registry. We are a hospital-based organ procurement organization with UW Health in Madison, Wisconsin.