Organ Donation and Tissue Donation in Texas
Organ donation and tissue donation is an incredibly important topic and should be seriously talked about with loved ones. When having the conversation, it is important to consider the lives that will be affected if you choose to donate your organs. Below are some facts that show the importance of organ donation.
In Texas there are over 13,000 people on the organ donor wait list, hoping to receive a life changing gift. Luckily, 47% of Texas’s adult population are registered to be organ donors, that’s over nine million people. That number may sound high but it’s important to remember that 22 people die every day because they could not receive the organ’s they need to survive. Organ donations can also go to disabled individuals to greatly enhance their lives.
Important Organ Donation Facts
- 22 people die in the United States every day while waiting for a transplant
- Almost anyone can be an organ donor, no matter their medical history or age
- Organ donation is consistent with almost all major religions.
- Every 10 minutes someone else is added to the national transplant waiting list
- 95% of Americans are pro organ donation but only 54% are registered to donate
- There are no costs to you or your family to donate your organs or tissue
We here at Aceable do not wish to impose our beliefs on you or your loved ones but if you would like to learn more about organ donation, the process of organ donation, or hear about how some celebrities (like Tracy Morgan, Steve Jobs, Dick Cheney and many others) have had life changing and life saving organ donations read this blog post.
Registering to be an Organ Donor and Tissue Donor in Texas
Congratulations on deciding to become an organ donor, your selfless choice could save lives! There are multiple easy ways to become an organ donor in Texas.
Registering to be an Organ Donor and Tissue Donor in Texas – In Person (at the DPS):
When you get your license in Texas or renew your license in Texas at the DPS (Department of Public Safety), you will be asked if you would like to declare yourself as an organ and tissue donor. Answer in the affirmative and they will add you to the list of donors, effectively making you a super hero. In addition you get a heart on your license which we think is pretty cool.
In addition you will get a confirmation letter and organ donor card in the mail!
Registering to be an Organ Donor and Tissue Donor in Texas Online
You can also register to donate online, this is great if you forgot to register the last time you were at the DPS or if you do not have a Texas (TX) driver’s license. To register online click this link and fill out the form on the donate life website!
You can also register with a central registry system, Organize.org, which will allow you to register in the multiple state registries so that your choice of being an organ donor will be known throughout The United States.
Registering to be an Organ Donor and Tissue Donor in Texas – Mail or Fax
To register by mail, download the Donor Registration Form and mail it to the address on the bottom of the form.
What organs and tissue can I donate?
Many of your body parts can be donated, you might be surprised with the list below.
- Heart Valves
- Most other tissue
- Bone Marrow
- Cord blood stem cells
- Peripheral blood stem cells
Sign up to be an organ donor and you can live on in the lives you save and the lives you enhance!