- The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) provides a toll-free patient services line to help transplant candidates, recipients, and family members understand organ allocation practices and transplantation data. You may also call this number to discuss a problem you may be experiencing with your transplant center or the transplantation system in general. Visit UNOS website for more information.
- The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network maintains the only national patient waiting list for organ transplants. More information.
- The National Kidney Foundation's home page which includes information for the families of organ and tissue donors. More information.
- Patient grant information and how to prevent and manage kidney disease can be found on the American Kidney Fund website.
- You can find a local chapter office or learn more about liver health and disease on the American Liver Foundation website.
- Visit the website of Donor Alliance, Colorado and Wyoming's organ procurement organization. This site also posts information about community events.
- Information on how to become an organ or tissue donor on Donate Life Colorado.
- The American Transplant Foundation is a non-profit organization that strives to eliminate our country's shortage of human transplant organs through better public policy. You can get involved by volunteering or becoming a donor. More information.
- Physicians and researchers of pancreatic diseases can become members of the American Pancreatic Association. More information.
- The Alliance For Paired Donation pairs incompatible kidney donors and recipients with other donors and recipients who are compatible. More information.
More than 500,000 lives are saved or healed through organ, eye and tissue donation in the United States each year. Still, the number of people in need of lifesaving organ transplants continues to rise with more than 2,000 individuals waiting in Colorado and 117,000 nationally. The solution to this problem is to continue educating the public about the lifesaving effects of donation and transplantation and to encourage individuals to register as organ, eye and tissue donors through their state donor registry. In Colorado, 67 percent of people who obtain or renew their driver license or state identification have designated themselves as organ, eye and tissue donors, one of the highest rates in the nation.
To register to be a donor or for more information, visit Donate Life Colorado.