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Every 10 minutes another person is added to the national transplant waiting list. By taking just a few minutes to register, one donor can potentially save eight lives through organ donation and improve the lives of 50 or more through tissue donation.

Approximately 123,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for a life-saving transplant. That is more than fills the stands at Williams-Brice Stadium or Death Valley on game day.

Approximately 900 people are on the South Carolina transplant waiting list.

Unfortunately, an average of 22 people will die each day before receiving the life-saving transplant they need.

The need for organ donors has never been greater.This situation is due in part to the fact that many healthy people who die suddenly in a tragic accident that leads to brain death and who could donate their organs to save others’ lives simply don’t become donors.

It is critically important that everyone learn enough about donation to make an informed choice regarding their own end-of-life wishes. It’s also critical that you make your wishes known to those who are closest to you.

Please register to become an organ, eye and tissue donor.



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Reagan, heart recipient
heart recipient
Lexington, S.C.

Reagan was born in 2005 with a rare congenital heart defect and needed several critical surgeries. Two days before her first Christmas, Reagan's heart could no longer sustain itself. Reagan was placed on a heart machine and her only remaining chance to survive was a heart transplant.

Finally, Friday the 13th of January, became Reagan's lucky day. Through the generosity of a donor family, Reagan got the new heart she needed. Now this beautiful young girl is growing up and loves playing with her older brother.

Reagan's mom Kelly says, "I am so grateful daily that the donor's family was so courageous. They gave life to us all!"
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