CINCINNATI - The process of becoming an organ donor isn't difficult. There are plenty of options and information.
According to the National Kidney Foundation, there are currently 111,812 people waiting for lifesaving organ transplants in the U.S. Of these, 89,331 await kidney transplants. Nearly 3,000 new patients are added to the kidney waiting list each month.
Last year, 16,898 kidney transplants took place in the U.S. Of these, 6,276 came from living donors.
One person dies every two hours while waiting for a kidney transplant. Last year, 4,636 patients died while waiting for a kidney transplant.
So what's stopping you?
Do you want to register via your driver's license? Are you interested in becoming a live donor? And what's involved in both of those options? Or, is giving blood on a regular basis something that would fit your lifestyle best?
For more information on kidney donation and how you can become a donor to save lives, visit the related links below.
To identify yourself as an organ donor, visit the Donate Life America website at donatelife.net and choose your state of residence to learn about the options in your area, which might include:
Find a free kidney testing center near you: http://www.kidney.org/news/keep/KEEPevents.cfm
The Christ Hospital Kidney Transplant Information: http://www.thechristhospital.com/?id=44&sid=1
Cleveland Clinic: http://www.clevelandclinic.org/lp/kidney-transplantation-guide/index.html?utm_campaign=CS+-+Urology+-+DR+-+Kidney+Transplant&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=bingppc&utm_term=kidney+transplant&002=2156527&004=269957484&005=5171487927&006=193364985&009=p&011=faq%20about%20kidney%20transplant