The gift of life
Donated organs can give the gift of extended life to a recipient. There are always more people in need of a donated organ than there are donors to make that gift. If you are interested in becoming an organ donor, ask your nurse for more information.
Most people are eligible to donate tissues. Donation of tissues includes the gift of umbilical cord blood from mothers after they've given birth. Donated cord blood can be used to treat certain types of cancer and blood diseases.
Becoming an organ donor
The availability of lifesaving organs for patients awaiting transplant surgery is managed by organ procurement organizations, called OPOs.
OPOs match and distribute donated organs, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The OPO in our region is Donor Alliance (DA). DA is responsible for the coordination, retrieval, and distribution of organs in Colorado and Wyoming.