Strength in Numbers: Why Organ Donation Matters [Infographic]

The simple act of becoming an organ donor has major benefits. See how far your gift can go — and why more donors are desperately needed.

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Author | Kevin Joy

Every person who signs up to be an organ donor offers hope — and, ultimately, a gift of life — to others in need.

And the need is great: Nearly 120,000 people in the United States are waiting for an organ transplant, according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.  

"These transplants are life-saving and life-enhancing," says Randall S. Sung, M.D., an associate professor of surgery at the University of Michigan Medical School. "It's easier than ever to be a donor."

Registration is simple and free. It can be completed online or when you obtain or renew a driver's license.

In honor of National Donate Life Month in April, consider the importance of the gesture with these facts and figures.

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