The Need for Donations
Did You Know?
- One out of every 20 Texans will need blood at some point of their lives
- Each year, over 30,000 new patients are diagnosed with a life-threatening disease that may be cured with a marrow transplant
- It takes eight whole blood donations to provide the effective dose of one apheresis blood donation
- Each day, an average of 17 people die while waiting for an organ
- There are over 77 organs and tissues that can be transplanted
- Each year 20 million blood components are transfused
- There are currently 108,000 people awaiting a life-saving organ transplant - 10,000 of those are in Texas!
About the Donations Needed
Blood is a vital, life-saving liquid with a limited shelf life, so the supply must be constantly replenished. More than 20 million units of blood components are transferred to about four million patients each year. About one out of every 20 Texans will need blood at some point in their lives. However, less than five percent of the eligible population in Texas donates blood. Supply and demand fluctuate, which can cause life-threatening shortages!
Each year, 30,000 patients are diagnosed with a life-threatening disease that could be cured with a marrow transplant - if a match is found. Approximately 70 percent of the patients in need of a transplant rely on the National Marrow Donor Program to locate a volunteer, unrelated marrow donor.
Finding a marrow donor match is a difficult process and nearly half of those in need will not find a match on time.
A joyous event for you could become the same for someone in need. In the past, when a baby was born, the umbilical cord was thrown away. But today, blood from the umbilical cord can be collected after your baby's birth and donated to a public cord blood bank to help someone with a life-threatening disease.
Organs and Tissues
Transplantation is one of the most remarkable success stories in the history of medicine. It is often the only hope for thousands of people suffering from organ failure or in desperate need of a life-enhancing or life-saving tissue. The United Network for Organ Sharing reports that more than 102,000 Americans await organs while hundreds of thousands more could benefit from tissue transplants. 9,000 of these are Texans. Each day, an average of 18 people die while waiting for an organ.
Organs than can be transplanted include heart, liver, lungs, kidney, pancreas and small bowel. Tissues used in transplant include bone, skin, heart valves, corneas, veins, cartilage and tendons. Texans can now register their intention to donate at www.donatelifetexas.org