BloodCenter of Wisconsin and its Wisconsin Donor Network and Tissue Bank are proud to announce that Wisconsin has reached the one million mark for registered organ, tissue and eye donors. Concurrently, Donate Life America, the national organization that provides support to all state registries, has announced a nationwide achievement of 100 million registrants.
“Organ and tissue donation helps save and improve lives every day,” says Jay Campbell, vice president of BloodCenter’s organ procurement and tissue bank. “More than 50 people can benefit from one person’s decision to become an organ and tissue donor. Currently in Wisconsin, there are 1,957 people awaiting a transplant and more than 112,000 people waiting for an organ transplant in the U.S.”
An average of 18 people die per day waiting for a transplant and one person will be added to the list every 13 minutes. With recent advances in medical technology, even those people over 70 years of age can be a potential donor and there is no monetary cost to give this gift of life.
BloodCenter of Wisconsin became the home of the Wisconsin Donor Network and the Wisconsin Tissue Bank in 2010. This service expands BloodCenter’s commitment to volunteer donation of blood, bone marrow and stem cells to include organs and tissues and to saving and enhancing the lives of patients in the community and beyond. BloodCenter of Wisconsin is the first blood center in the United States to operate both a tissue bank and organ procurement organization.
To learn more about the organ and tissue registry and how you can become a member, visit
YesIWillWisconsin.com. Joining the registry is free of charge and the survey takes only
minutes to complete. All information is strictly confidential. For more information about the
Wisconsin Donor Network or the Wisconsin Tissue Bank visit www.bcw.edu and look for the Marrow, Organ and Tissue Donation tab.
Wisconsin Donor Network is a federally-designated organ procurement organization supporting the transplant community in eastern Wisconsin. It serves over 2.4 million people in a 12-county region and provides public and professional education about the tremendous need for organ and tissue donors. Wisconsin Donor Network is affiliated with 51 hospitals and the transplant programs at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Froedtert & Medical College and Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center. The organization’s primary concern is to provide care and direction to the families of potential organ donors.
Wisconsin Tissue Bank (WTB) has provided tissue recovery services throughout Wisconsin since 1987. WTB works with more than 59 hospitals, as well as with Medical Examiners and funeral directors throughout Wisconsin to honor the gift. The kindness of donors and their families allows lives to be rebuilt through the generous gifts of bone, skin, soft tissue, vein and heart valves.
About BloodCenter of Wisconsin
BloodCenter of Wisconsin is a private, not-for-profit organization that specializes in blood collection, organ and tissue recovery and donation education, diagnostic testing, medical services and leading-edge research. BloodCenter of Wisconsin advances patient care by providing life-saving solutions grounded in unparalleled medical and scientific expertise. For more information, visit www.bcw.edu