The need for registered organ and tissue donors in Ohio and across the United States is a critical one. One organ donor can save eight lives, and one tissue donor can enhance the lives of more than 50 people. Nationally, nearly 120,000 men, women and children are currently waiting for life-saving transplants. Thousands of them are northeast Ohioans. Twenty-two people in the U.S. die each day because an organ is not available.
Lifebanc, a nonprofit organ and tissue recovery organization, serves Ohio’s Northeast region of the state. Lifebanc is one of the seven original Organ Procurement Organizations (OPO) in the U.S., and serves nearly four million people and works with 80 hospitals in 20 counties. Lifebanc is a member of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), which is managed by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). Lifebanc works closely with local partners, as well as other OPOs in Ohio to educate the public and healthcare professionals about the benefits of and need for organ, eye and tissue donations.
Lifebanc has been transforming and healing lives for nearly 30 years
Hundreds of thousands of Ohioans are alive today because of Lifebanc. Along with serving the public, professional community and donor hospitals, Lifebanc provides life-saving organs to two transplant centers; The Cleveland Clinic and University Hospital Case Medical Center. Recovered tissue is transplanted countless times in hospitals throughout the region.
In 2013, Lifebanc helped to heal and save more than 500 lives. Additionally, Lifebanc was instrumental in helping to perform the nation’s first near-total face transplant and establishing the world-record for lungs transplanted in a year.
Annually, Lifebanc volunteers and staff educate nearly 100,000 students and adults in an effort to provide accurate information, engage the public and increase the number of registered organ, eye and tissue donors. Lifebanc also provides bereavement support and services to families touched by donation.
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