LifeShare has Fourth Consecutive Record Breaking Year
OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 9, 2018)- For the fourth consecutive year, LifeShare broke its previous records and coordinated the donation of lifesaving organs from 183 donors whose generous gifts resulted in 529 organs transplanted in 2017, saving 481 lives.
LifeShare is the federally designated organ procurement organization in the state of Oklahoma and is responsible for organ and tissue donation statewide.
In 2016, LifeShare recovered 180 organ donors, passing the organization’s all-time high record of 174 donors set in 2015.
“We are humbled and inspired by those individuals who registered as donors to give the gift of life, and those who made the decision to look past their own loss to help others,” explained Jeffrey Orlowski, President and Chief Executive Officer for LifeShare. “For the fourth consecutive year, LifeShare continues to make a tremendous impact on others’ lives with the help of the entire LifeShare team including staff, leadership, volunteers and the efforts of the Oklahoma medical community.”
Last year, LifeShare also broke its previous record and coordinated the donation of life enhancing tissue from 789 donors whose generous gifts could impact more than 59,000 people. Tissue donation will impact people through bone donations to improve mobility, skin donations to heal burn patients, cornea donations to restore sight and heart valve donations to repair life-threatening defects.
In 2016, LifeShare recovered tissue from 725 donors, passing the organization’s all-time high record of 643 donors set in 2015.
“We are proud of these accomplishments and hope to continue to have an impact on those currently waiting on a lifesaving transplant,” said Orlowski. “We encourage all Oklahomans to register to be organ, eye and tissue donors so more lives can be saved.”
This record breaking year, more than 481 lives were saved through organ and tissue donation. The need for transplant is growing, and there are still approximately 700 Oklahomans currently waiting for a lifesaving transplant.
LifeShare encourages all Oklahomans to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor and to share your decision with your family. You can give the gift of life by registering to be an organ, eye and tissue donor at www.LifeShareRegistry.org. For more information about LifeShare, visit www.LifeShareOK.org.
LifeShare is a nonprofit, federally designated organ procurement organization (OPO) dedicated to the recovery of organs and tissue for transplant purposes. We work closely with five transplant centers and 145 healthcare organizations in the state of Oklahoma to facilitate donation. Additionally, we strive to raise awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation through public education.
For more information about LifeShare, please visit www.LifeShareOK.org.