About Donation

It is our mission to provide you with information regarding tissue donation and to encourage you to designate your decision to give the gift of life.

About Donation

Tissue donation is life enhancing, and in some cases, life saving. One person’s gift can be a miracle for many.

Donated tissue can dramatically improve the quality of life for recipients, and even save lives. Tissue includes bone, skin, heart valves, connective tissue and veins used in surgeries and medical research. Most tissues are donated after death by people who previously committed to donation. Unlike organs, tissues can be donated up to 24 hours after a person’s heart has stopped beating.

Para obtener información sobre donación en español, por favor visite www.donevida.org.

Voices of Donation

Nini will forever be our angel in the sky and a hero in our hearts.

– Renee Varela, donor mother
Anthony “Nini” Varela

“It makes you feel good because you’re able to help others. You never know when you might need it yourself.”

– MaryAnn Durell, donor daughter
Quentin Durell

“Even though he is gone, his spirit will truly live on, and that in itself is so very special.”

– Glenda Bunk, donor wife
David Bunk

“I never knew that bone or tissue could improve the quality of someone’s life so much,” says Mattie. “I would encourage anyone to donate tissue.”

– Mattie Owens, recipient
Mattie Owens

If we can convince even a handful of people to become donors, we could save the lives of dozens of people who have no other option available to them.

– Senator Steve Oelrich, donor father
Nick Oelrich