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More Lives Saved: New Milestone Reached in 2016

33,600_FacebookAd2There was a new milestone reached in 2016: more than 33,600 organ transplants were performed in the U.S. This number sets a new record number of U.S. transplants for the fourth year in a row. The 2016 milestone represents an 8.5 percent increase in total number of organ transplants, and an almost 20 percent increase in number of organ transplants since 2012.

“What we are seeing in the donation and transplantation community, is perseverance,” said David Fleming, President & CEO of Donate Life America. “We have seen a commitment to continuously improve, educate and innovate over the past five years to save and heal more lives.”

The growth in overall organ transplants was largely driven by an increase of 9.2 percent in the number of deceased donors from 2015 to 2016, continuing a six-year trend of annual increases. In 2016, approximately 82 percent (27,628) of the transplants were performed with organs from deceased donors; 18 percent (5,978) were performed with organs from living donors. In 2016, the number of registered donors surpassed 134 million Americans, 54% of the U.S. adult population.

DL_DeceasedDonor_FacebookAd“In many ways, our results in 2016 mirrored those nationally,” said Alexandra Glazier, President and CEO of New England Donor Services. “We achieved a 19% increase in organ donation, achieved by participating in national efforts through organizations like Donate Life America and taking the lead in finding donors.”

“In 2016, more than ever,” said Fleming, “Donate Life America and the Donate Life Community worked to meet the public where they are, bringing the message and the donor registration opportunity to them on their iPhones, at the DMV, on social media and at events ‑ making registration trusted, easy and secure.”

Donate Life America wants to thank the donation and transplantation community for their dedication, and the public for their support. We celebrate this milestone in honor of all donors, donor families, living donors and registered donors who give hope and make LIFE possible.

National Donor Sabbath Reaches Faith-Based Communities about the Importance of Donation

Initiative partners with faith leaders to educate about the critical need for donors

RICHMOND, November 11, 2016—National Donor Sabbath is observed annually, two weekends before Thanksgiving, from Friday through Sunday—in 2016, National Donor Sabbath is November 11-13. This three-day observance seeks to include the days of worship for major religions practiced in the United States. During National Donor Sabbath, faith leaders from many religions, with donor families, transplant recipients, and donation and transplantation professionals, participate in services and programs to educate the public about the need for donation and the importance of registering one’s decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor.

All major religions in the U.S. support donation and believe it to be the ultimate act of love and generosity. For many people, faith plays an important role in the decision to register as a donor or consider living donation. With almost 120,000 men, women and children on the national transplant waiting list, registering to be a donor can provide hope to those desperately waiting for the gift of life.

Alison Mohn lost her son Ryan in a car crash. She has shared that, “so much good has come out of this tragedy. I believe that God works for all things good, and I see it. Just knowing that Ryan lives on through other people is comforting.” Ryan was able to save and heal the lives of more than 50 people through organ and tissue donation. Alison tells her story in her church and community, sharing the lifesaving benefits of donation and the pride that she has knowing that her son’s legacy is one of selflessness.

Samuel Shareef, a donor father, is rooted in the Islamic Faith. Samuel recognizes and believes that some things – like the opportunity to save a life – transcend religious dogma and rituals. Samuel’s words: “We chose and choose to Donate Life … not because it was the Muslim, Christian or Jewish thing to do. We choose to be an organ donation family because we believe it is the Human thing to do.”

To register as a donor, please visit For more information about National Donor Sabbath, please visit

About Donate Life America

Donate Life America is a 501(c)3 nonprofit alliance of national organizations and Donate Life State Teams across the United States committed to increasing the number of donated organs, eyes and tissue available for transplant to save and heal lives. Donate Life America manages and promotes the national brand for donation, Donate Life℠; develops and executes effective multi-media donor education programs; motivates the American public to register now as organ, eye and tissue donors; maintains the National Donate Life Registry,; and assists Donate Life State Teams and national partners in facilitating high-performing donor registration programs.


Media Contact:

Hilary Czarda

Donate Life America


Apple & Donate Life America Bring National Organ Donor Registration to iPhone

Donate Life registration on apple iosCupertino, CA and Richmond, VA — July 5, 2016 — Apple® and Donate Life America announced today that, for the first time ever, iPhone® users will be able to sign up to be an organ, eye and tissue donor right from the Health app with the release of iOS 10. Through a simple sign up process, iPhone users can learn more and take action with just a few taps. All registrations submitted from iPhone are sent directly to the National Donate Life Registry managed by Donate Life America. The ability to quickly and easily become a nationally-registered donor enables people to carry their decision with them wherever they go. 

“On average, one person dies every hour in the United States waiting for an organ transplant because the demand for lifesaving transplants far exceeds the available supply of organs — and one donor can save as many as eight lives,” said David Fleming, President & CEO of Donate Life America. “By working with Apple to bring the National Donate Life Registry to the Health app on iPhone, we’re making it easier for people to find out about organ, eye and tissue donation and quickly register. This is a huge step forward that will ultimately help save lives.”

Over 120,000 Americans are currently waiting for a lifesaving transplant — and every 10 minutes, a new individual is added to the national transplant waiting list. Each organ donor can save as many as eight lives and heal many more through the gifts of tissue and eye donation. In the absence of donor registration, families are left to make the decision about donation in what is often the worst moment of their lives, the sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one.

“Apple’s mission has always been to create products that transform people’s lives. With the updated Health app, we’re providing education and awareness about organ donation and making it easier than ever to register. It’s a simple process that takes just a few seconds and could help save up to eight lives,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “Together with Donate Life America, we’re excited to deliver this new feature to iPhone users in the US with iOS 10.”

The Health app on iPhone provides a complete view of your health and fitness data all in one place. The app includes Medical ID, which makes critical health information available in case of emergency to first responders and is accessible from the iPhone lock screen. Medical ID can display categories like medical conditions, allergies, medications, blood type, and emergency contacts. And with iOS 10, Medical ID offers the ability to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor with Donate Life America.


The developer preview of iOS 10 is currently available to iOS Developer Program members at, and a public beta program will be available to iOS users this month at iOS 10 will be available this fall as a free software update. For more information, visit  

Donate Life America is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit alliance of national organizations and state teams across the United States committed to increasing organ, eye and tissue donation.  Donate Life America manages and promotes the national brand for donation, Donate Life, and assists Donate Life State Teams and national partners in facilitating high-performing donor registries including the management of the National Donate Life Registry; developing and executing effective multi-media donor education programs; and motivating the American public to register now as organ, eye and tissue donors.  For more information, visit

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Donate Life America

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