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About Our Organization

Gift of Life Donor Program is the regionís non-profit organ and tissue donor program that serves as the link between potential organ and tissue donors and those who are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant at one of the 15 regional transplant hospitals. Serving the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware, Gift of Life has coordinated more than 32,000 organ transplants since 1974.

Gift of Life Donor Program, one of the oldest and largest organ donor programs in the United States, is part of a nationwide organ-sharing network run by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). There are currently more than 6,500 men, women and children in our region and more than 112,000 nationally who are waiting for heart, kidney, liver, lung, pancreas and intestinal transplants. Tens of thousands of other patients benefit from cornea, tissue and bone grafts each year as a result of families saying yes to tissue donation. Despite the many people who do say yes to organ and tissue donation, 18 people die every day as thousands of transplantable organs are buried each year.

All proceeds received through fundraising for Team Philadelphia benefit Transplant Foundation, the charitable foundation supporting the mission of Gift of Life Donor Program. All funds raised by the members of Team Philadelphia go to support their participation in the 2014 Transplant Games of America. Any additional funds go towards programs and activities designed to increase organ and tissue donor awareness, including those supporting donor and recipient families, as well as Gift of Life Family House. For more information on the Gift of Life Family House please visit www.giftoflifefamilyhouse.org

The ability to save or enhance the quality of life for patients depends on more families giving consent to organ and tissue donation. Quite simply, to ensure your wishes are fulfilled, the organ donor designation should be added to your driver's license or state ID and also discussed with your family members so they understand your decision. Then, and only then, will more lives be saved and improved through transplantation, which is why education on donation is so important.

You can register to be an organ donor at anytime in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware by visiting www.donors1.org.






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