LifeShare Carolinas is proud to fulfill our mission of giving hope, life, and healing in 23 counties in North Carolina. Founded in 1970, our core purpose is to save lives by coordinating the recovery and distribution of lifesaving organs, eyes, and tissue for transplantation and research. We also provide education to hospital staff and community partners about the donation process. For the courageous families whose loved ones gave the gift of life, we provide grief counseling and ongoing support through our continuing care program.

LifeShare Carolinas is regulated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO), and the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA). We are a member of Donate Life North Carolina, a non-profit organization dedicated to motivating all North Carolinians to
register as organ, eye, and tissue donors.

Donation and Transplantation Statistics

  • More than 113,000 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
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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