Media Overview

Media Overview

LifeShare Of The Carolinas, a not-for-profit organ procurement organization, serves 40 hospitals in a 22 county region of southwestern North Carolina. Since 1970, LifeShare has worked to improve the quality of human life by providing organs and tissues 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 which maintains the national computerized database for transplant candidates.

Donation and Transplantation Statistics
  • Approximately 116,000 people are currently awaiting an organ transplant in the United States. Over 3,500 of them live in North Carolina. To get the latest statistics, visit
  • Approximately 77 organ transplants take place every day in the U.S.
    Sadly, an average of 18 patients die each day while waiting – simply because the organ they need does not become available in time.
  • On average, 134 people are added to the nation’s organ transplant waiting list each day – one every 11 minutes.
  • Nearly 28,000 patients began new lives in 2011 thanks to organ transplants.
  • One in nine deceased donors is age 65 or over.
  • Almost 35% of patients awaiting kidney transplants in the United States are African American.  In North Carolina, the figure is closer to 60%.
  • 4.2 million North Carolina residents have already designated themselves as donors on their driver’s license.
  • A living donor can provide a kidney or a portion of their liver, lung, pancreas or intestine.
  • Nationwide each year there are more than 25,000 tissue donors and 50,000 cornea donors.
Proper Terminology for Donation Practices

Here is also a list of vocabulary words that we prefer you use in reporting news stories. Many of them have been adapted over the years in an effort to be sensitive to donor families.

Appropriate Terms

Recover organs

Recovery of organs

Deceased donation

Mechanical or Ventilator support

Organ Donation after Cardiac Death

Inappropriate Terms

Harvest organs

Harvesting of organs

Cadaveric or Cadaver donation

Life support

Non-Heart Beating Donation


Please tag any media stories with a referral to the DMV or to the LifeShare web site, to join the NC Organ Donor Registry.