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Donate Life California

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Causes: Health, Organ & Tissue Banks

Mission: Donate Life California saves lives by creating opportunities for all Californians to sign up on the official state organ, eye and tissue donor registry.

Results: As of July 2016, 13,248,477 Californians have signed up on the state organ, eye and tissue donor registry. We are the largest state registry in the U.S., and have the greatest need with more than 21,000 people waiting for life-saving organ transplants. On average, three people die in California each day because the organ transplant they need doesn't come in time.

Target demographics: 21,000+ Californians waiting for life-saving organ transplants, and the thousands more waiting for life-enhancing eye and tissue transplants

Direct beneficiaries per year: Thousands of people receive life-saving and life-enhancing organ, eye and tissue transplants each year

Geographic areas served: California

Programs: #GivingTuesday (http://bit.ly/I5xOr9), high school education, registration drives, fundraising events, DMV training & education, public outreach, hospital volunteer education, Living Donation California (www.LivingDonationCalifornia.org)

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Many years ago my husband died and I was not asked about donating. If feel that I would of gotten some relief in knowing he helped others. Soon after that, I became involved in organ and tissue donation and then transplant. I believe that everyone has the right to make the decision and this organization helps to give the information needed to do this. Thank you for all you do!

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Donate Life California Thank you for your comment and being involved in our mission to save lives. Currently, 22,000 Californians are on the national organ transplant waiting list. Our work to grow the Donate Life California Organ & Tissue Donor Registry is critical if we are to save more lives. For the latest news, information and resources, please visit our website at donateLIFEcalifornia.org. Donate Life California Staff

4 Shayla R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

They come just short of telling grieving families a bold face lie. My uncle just passed unexpectedly. They went to his son and told him that they were taking his corneas, some skin and his leg bones. My cousin asked three times if a viewing could be done. They said yes, but what they don't say is that in order to do a viewing the funeral home has to do a lot of work to put the body back together enough to hold the embalming fluid. Then there is still the concern with leaks. I'm not telling families not to donate, but families need all the facts to be able to make the decision. Also the cost of the funeral goes way up. So if the decision is made to donate at least the families will know all of what will happen. All that I am asking for is for these people to be completely honest and give families all the facts instead of sugar coating it and then the families find out later. My cousin was already grieving and then to find out the truth later caused him to completely break.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My great grandson (almost 4-years old) is alive today because he had a heart transplant in 2010.
His first 6 months of life were spent in hospitals connected to machines to keep him alive.
Please, please remember to sign up to be a donor.
I am convinced that God has a special place in heaven for donors and donor families.

Our sweet, beautiful, blond hair, blue eyed boy charms everyone who meets him.
He loves life and loves people. His smile is the high light of my days! He is active and on the move all the time. He will show his chest and explain that he got a new heart from his angel.
God bless his donor family!


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just moved to California. When I was applying for my new driver's license I knew I wanted to check the box to donate. I found out that I had to register with Donate Life California. I went online & got lost on their site. They make the registering easy. The stories online are incredible. They really help get the word out with real life examples...donating organs is really giving life to someone.

2 justmonicac

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Although I do not have an immediate tie to a donor or recipient, I have seen both sides. As a healthcare provider (respiratory therapist) I have seen the tremendous care that this organization provides. I have to say I was uneducated and had misconceptions about organ donation until my experiences with donors, recipients and Donate Life.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A difficult task to keep short, but back in 1985 I was told my daughter would need a new heart. In 1987, she would be listed for the first time (just 3 1/2 years old) and to fathom the donor family that would lose a child was inconceivable to me....yet someone made that choice and she was granted 16 more years of life. It is now 2010 and we often feel guilty, but she has been blessed with a second heart in 2003 and a third in 2010. With no real knowledge of how much time this one will give her, I want to thank each and every donor and their families out there for the time we have been graced with! Without this organization, I can only imagine the missed opportunities for life.

4 Cynthia34

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter became a donor October 18, 2010 after she lost her battle with asthma. She was 19 yrs old at the time of her passing and had already made it clear she would become a donor. She was able to give the gift of life to 3 individuals. One special recipient received her whole heart completely. I was never against being a donor, but I really never paid much attention till my daughter brought it up and never did I think she would go before me. My lose was to much to handle, but knowing I did what she wanted made me feel at ease. I made my decision official by becoming a donor by registering with DMV.