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Donate Life Colorado - Organ, Eye, and Tissue Donation

Donate Life Colorado

Donate Life CO works to inform and inspire Coloradans to register as an organ, eye, and tissue donor--helping serve the thousands of people waiting on life-saving transplants.

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Donation Saves Lives

There are 2,500 people in Colorado who are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant and thousands more who need life-changing tissue.  The heart, liver, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, and intestines are all organs that can be transplanted and can replace damaged or missing organs in an injured or ill person that will save their life.

Bones, tendons, corneas, skin, heart valves, nerves, and veins are all tissues that can be used to help people who are injured or ill that will heal them and end their suffering. One donor could save 8 lives by donating their organs and can help heal up to 75 people with tissue donations.  

By registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor, in the event that you pass away, your organs will be used to save the lives of others. Being an organ donor in no way affects the medical treatment you would receive if you were injured or ill, and only becomes an option after the utmost efforts have been made to keep you alive.

Why Should I Register

Not everyone who needs an organ transplant will receive one in time to help, but as more people register as organ, eye, and tissue donors more people will receive the help they need. You can make a difference!

ANYONE can register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, regardless of age, race, medical history, religion or income. Even those with chronic conditions, such as hepatitis and diabetes, can register to give the gift of life at any age.

Join the 69% of Colorado residents who are already registered with Donate Life Colorado.

Quick Facts: Donation & Transplantation

  • WHAT IT MEANS: Registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor means you have made the decision to donate your organs, eyes, and tissues at the time of your death. Your decision to be a donor takes priority over your family’s preferences.
  • LIFESAVING IMPACT: Just one donor can save up to eight lives through organ donation and save or heal more than 75 lives through eye and tissue donation.
  • MEDICAL CARE: Your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor will not interfere with your medical care. Doctors and nurses caring for you before death are not involved in the donation process and are not aware of your registry status when administering care.

Additionally, the donation symbol on a driver’s license does not in itself constitute a legally binding document of anatomical gift. The only legal way to confirm donor designation is via the state donor registry. The donor registry is a confidential, electronic database accessible only by donation personnel.

  • RELIGIOUS SUPPORT: All major religions support organ, eye and tissue donation and view it as a final act of love and generosity.
  • COMMUNICATION WITH FAMILY: To be sure your wishes are honored, be sure to communicate them to your family, as they will be informed of your decision to be a donor at your time of death. Making the decision in advance makes it easier for your family during a difficult time.
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