National Donate Life Month Highlights Urgent Need for Organ, Tissue Donation

Madison, Wisconsin - More than 2,200 men, women and children across Wisconsin are currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant, but unfortunately not all of them will receive a second chance at life.


This April, University of Wisconsin Organ and Tissue Donation services and UW Health are observing National Donate Life Month by educating communities across the state about the power of donation and encouraging more Wisconsinites to register as organ and tissue donors at the Donate Life Wisconsin/Donor Registry.


“Our goal this month, and throughout the year, is to increase the chance that people who need an organ transplant will get one,” said Jill Ellefson, executive director of UW Organ and Tissue Donation services. “Wisconsin remains a national leader in organ and tissue donation, but there is still so much more we can do—there are still so many more lives we could be saving. We are asking all Wisconsinites to consider registering as an organ and tissue donor today.”


There are now more than 110 million registered donors in the United States, including more than 1.6 million from the state of Wisconsin. Still, the number of people in need of transplants continues to rise.

  • More than 117,000 people nationally are waiting for an organ transplant.
  • Every 11 minutes another person’s name is added to the organ transplant wait list.
  • 19 people die every day because they didn’t get the organ they needed to survive.

Wisconsin residents can do their part by registering as organ and tissue donors at the Donate Life Wisconsin/Donor Registry today, rather than waiting until their next visit to the DMV when they receive or renew their driver’s license. In doing so, they will legally authorize donation, saving their loved ones from having to make that decision. The registry allows residents age 15-½ or older to register as donors.

Date Published: 04/08/2013

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