Improving lives through organ eye and tissue donation

Media Overview

Media Overview

LifeShare Of The Carolinas, a not-for-profit organ procurement organization, serves 44 hospitals in a 22 county region of southwestern North Carolina. Since 1970, LifeShare has worked to improve the quality of life by providing organs for transplantation and by helping hospitals and their communities through educational and support services. LifeShare also operates its own eye bank and recovers tissue for transplantation. Area hospitals only have to make one phone call to have their donation needs met.

LifeShare is a member of the federally mandated Organ Procurement and Transplant Network and works closely with the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) which maintains the national computerized database for transplant candidates.

Donation and Transplantation Statistics

  • Nearly 115,000 people are currently awaiting an organ transplant in the United States, enough people to fill Bank of America stadium one and a half times
  • Approximately 3,000 North Carolinians are waiting for a life-saving transplant
  • Sadly, an average of 21 people die each day while waiting – simply because the organ they need does not become available in time
  • On average, someone is added to the waiting list every 11 minutes
  • More than 30,000 Americans get a second chance at life each year thanks to a heroic organ donor
  • Nationwide there are more than 25,000 tissue donors and 50,000 cornea donors every year
  • One in nine deceased donors is age 65 or over
  • Nearly 35% of patients waiting for kidney transplants in the United States are African American; in North Carolina, that number is closer to 60%
  • Five million North Carolinians have already made the decision to register as organ, eye or tissue donors
  • A living donor can provide a kidney or a portion of their liver, lung, pancreas or intestine
 To get the latest national or state statistics, visit

Please tag any media stories with a referral to the LifeShare website, to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor.

Proper Terminology for Donation Practices

As you share news stories about donation, we ask that you maintain sensitivity and respect for the donors who gave the ultimate gift by using the preferred terms. A complete list of terms and definitions can be found at

Preferred Terms

Recover / Recovery of organs, eyes and tissue

Deceased donor

Mechanical Support / Ventilator

Organ Donation after Cardiac Death

Donated organs, eyes and tissue

Former Terms

Harvest / Harvesting of organs, eye and tissue

Cadaver / Cadaveric donor

Life support

Non-Heart Beating Donation

Donated body parts


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5000 D Airport Center Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28208
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Asheville, NC 28806
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