While the cause for the increase is speculative until a final review is complete, donation officials credit the increase in donation to more than generosity. Susan Gunderson, Chief Executive Officer of LifeSource states On behalf of everyone touched by donation and transplantation, I extend my sincere gratitude to all donors and their families for the hope they provide others. Although this generosity is the foundation of donation and transplantation, so, too, is the relationship with hospital partners and the role of public education and increased awareness. Our life-saving work would not be possible without the steadfast support of our dedicated hospital partners.
This support is exemplified by the participation of some hospitals in the Organ Donation Breakthrough Collaborative, a highly successful national initiative designed to increase the number of lives saved through transplantation. Regionally, the following hospitals are part of the Breakthrough Collaborative:
Additionally, public education in drivers education and health classes, faith-based and minority-directed outreach and volunteer presence at public and private sector events all lead to increased awareness about the critical need for donation and transplantation. Nationally, more than 90,000 people are waiting for a solid organ transplant and countless others are in need of a tissue transplant. One donor can save or enhance up to 60 lives through donation, which is why each opportunity to save lives is critical. The best way for a person to document their wish to be a donor is to designate it on their drivers license and share their wishes with their family.
LifeSource is the non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donation in the