2021 Record Breaking Year For Saving Lives

Lifebanc saved more lives than ever before in 2021.

Northeast Ohio Achieves Another Consecutive Year of Record-Breaking Organ Donations  

Organ Procurement Organization, Lifebanc, Saved Over 430 Lives in 2021 

Following a year of uncertainty, 2021 was truly the year of giving back. Lifebanc, Northeast Ohio’s organ procurement organization, helped save 437 lives in 2021, making it another year of record-breaking numbers.  

In addition to facilitating organ, eye and tissue donations, Lifebanc provided their 2,385 donor family members with 805 hours of individual counseling, four support groups and three one-time seminars and coordinated nearly 541 exchanges of communication with recipients. Over 175 Lifebanc volunteer hours supported community and in-school educational outreach programs, resulting in the addition of nearly 65,000 individuals to the Ohio Donor Registry.  

 “Every year we are met with new challenges, which means new opportunities,” said Gordon Bowen, Lifebanc CEO. “Year after year, we are so grateful for our employees, volunteers, and donors for all that they do to provide the invaluable gift of a second chance at life.” 

Despite the success Lifebanc saw, there remains a critical organ, eye and tissue donor shortage in the United States. There are currently 117,074 people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant across the country. 3,151 people are waiting in Ohio alone. Raising the number of people who register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor is the best way to increase the chances of those still waiting to receive their lifesaving transplant. 

 To learn more about what it means to be an organ, eye and tissue donor and to register online,  please click here. 

Lifebanc is Northeast Ohio’s non-profit organ, eye and tissue recovery organization with a mission to save and heal lives. The organization serves over 4 million people and works with 80 hospitals in a 20-county area. Lifebanc facilitates the organ, eye and tissue recovery and donation processes, provides extensive care and support services to donor families, as well as coordinates community outreach and education programs to encourage registration on the Ohio Donor Registry.

For more information on Lifebanc or to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor visit the About Donation page. 


The stories of our donor and recipient families are powerful, moving celebrations of life, hope, and love that get to the heart of why we do what we do, and the difference we can all make. Lifebanc believes that anyone can be a hero – and we see it every day in the generous decisions of people and families who choose and support organ and tissue donation. We’d like you to meet some of these heroes, and some of the Northeast Ohio neighbors they are helping.

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