Learn About Donation

Saving Lives Through Tissue Donation

One tissue donor can restore health to over 75 others.

Did You Know?

  • Donated corneas help restore sight.
  • Bone grafts, ligament and tendons are used to repair injured or diseases bones and joints.
  • Skin grafts heal burn victims and are used for breast reconstruction post-mastectomy.
  • Healthy heart valves are life-saving to those with diseased valves.

Who Can be a Tissue Donor?

Anyone has the potential to be a tissue donor, but the ability to donate depends on an individual's physical condition and health. One tissue donor can restore health to over 75 others.

In 2018, there were 424 bone graft donors, 688 skin graft donors and 75 heart valve donors, resulting in thousands of lives enhanced and physical function restored.

For more information about tissue donation, visit the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF) at www.mtf.org.

Note: When you register in the state of NJ, you are registering as both an organ and tissue donor. Advance directives allow you to be more specific in designating your wishes as a donor. Learn more about advance directives.

tissue recipient

“I have always loved to play sports. When I ruptured my ACL, I wasn't sure if I'd have an athletic future. Now, before I train I give a little wink up above to remember the brave person who donated the gift of life and function to me and so many others.
-Michelle, tissue recipient