About Organ and Tissue Donation
Here are some great things to know about your potential to help others
by joining the Kansas Organ and Tissue Donor Registry:
- You can save up to eight lives through organ donation.
- You can improve up to 75 lives through tissue donation.
- You can renew vision for up to two people through cornea donation.
- You can change the lives of potentially millions through disease research and therapy.
Learn more below, or visit our FAQs for more in-depth information.
- Everyone can be a registered donor regardless of age or medical history.
- All major religions support organ, eye and tissue donation as your final act of love and generosity.
- A commitment to donation never interferes with medical care. Saving your life is top priority if you are sick or injured.
- Donating life is a gift. Neither you, your family or estate will incur any costs for your donation.
- The donor agency will notify your next of kin of your decision at the time of your death, facilitating a discussion about your social and medical history.
- To make sure your gift will safely help others in need, the hospital and donor agency will assess your potential to help others at the time of your death.
- Your body will be treated with care and respect throughout the donation process.
- Open casket funerals are possible for organ, eye and tissue donors.
- It is unlawful to buy or sell organs or tissues for any reason.
- Donations go to those who need it most, typically at the local level first, then the region and finally all over the country.
- For those awaiting an organ transplant, matching is determined by blood type, illness severity, time spent waiting and other important medical information.
- To keep your donor registration current, please say “yes” each time you obtain or renew your instruction permit, driver’s license or ID card.
- You may remove your name from the registry or change your gift specifications at any time. For more information, please review the Amend or Revoke Donor Registry Information Instructions.
- You can donate life even if your name is not included in the registry. Your agent, next of kin, guardian or designated person can act on your behalf to make the gift.
- Share your donation decision with your loved ones.