There's no excuse not to register to be an organ, tissue and eye donor.

When it comes right down to it, nothing can prevent someone 16 or older from registering to be a donor.

If you're still unsure, then setting the record straight on these common misconceptions about donation should help.

"I'm too old to register."

If you're at least 16, you're eligible to register for donation. In fact, individuals in their 90s have saved lives through organ donation. So, blow out those candles proudly because you still have what it takes.

"I can't register because of a medical condition."

You might be thinking that you can't register due to an illness or because you aren't allowed to give blood. However, people with diabetes, emphysema, even a history of cancer, have all been able to donate. Every donor undergoes thorough testing to ensure that their organs and tissues are safe for transplant. There are no medical conditions that prevent someone from registering to be a donor.

"I haven't taken the best care of myself. You don't want anything I have."

With over 119,000 Americans waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant, you bet there's someone who would gratefully accept your donation. It helps to know that alcohol, tobacco and drug use cannot prevent you from registering. And even if you do have known damage to one organ, others may still be working well enough to add years to another person's life.

"I don't want my family to have to pay for donation."

Save your money for your son's inheritance or blow it on a trip to Maui. Either way, you won't need it for donation because there is no cost to the donor or their family. All expenses are covered by the donation organization.

"My religion doesn't support donation."

All major U.S. religions support donation – just ask your spiritual advisor.

"I can only register at the DMV."

Not so, my friend. You can do it right here, and it's a lot quicker than a trip to get your driver's license.

Why Donate?

If you want to help others, registering to be an organ, tissue and eye donor is the easiest way to do it. It won't cost you a thing and only takes about 30 seconds to complete. You can pat yourself on the back knowing that:

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One organ donor can save up to eight lives.

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One tissue donor can heal 100 or more people.

Donors are remembered as heroes.

Some donor families even have the opportunity to meet the recipients.

Have More Questions?

Don't hesitate to get in touch if you have additional questions or comments. Call Nebraska Organ Recovery at 402-733-1800 or complete the form below.