Trends & Waiting Lists


Thousands of people are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. Registering to become an organ and tissue donor takes just minutes and can help those in need. Learn more about the stats regarding organ and tissue donation in Illinois and Indiana.

State of Donation Stats for Illinois and Indiana

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Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network is a not-for-profit organ procurement organization that coordinates organ and tissue donation and provides public education on donation in Illinois and northwest Indiana. As one of 58 OPOs that make up the nation’s donation system, we work with 180 hospitals and serve 12 million people in our donation service area. Since 1986, we have saved the lives of more than 23,000 organ transplant recipients and improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of tissue transplant recipients through our efforts.

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Illinois Organ & Tissue Donor Registry

as of June 30, 2018
An average of 22 people die each day while waiting for a transplant.
Of adults (18+) in Illinois are registered as organ & tissue donors.
In 2018, more than 200 will die while waiting for a transplant in Illinois
Every 10 minute, a new person is added to the national transplant waiting list.
One donor can save or enhance the lives of more than 25 people.

Gift of Hope Donation Activity

2017 2016 % of Change
Organ Donors 406 392 3.57%
Organs Transplanted 1,225 1,242 -1.37%
Organs per Donor 3.02 3.17 -4.73%
Tissue Donors 1,804 1,714 5.13%
Bone Donors ** 1,644 1,598 2.88%
Skin Donors ** 1,210 1,150 5.13%
Heart Valve Donors ** 136 177 -23.16%

**Subset of Tissue Donors

Local & National Waiting List

National Organ Waiting List 114,694
Illinois Organ Waiting List 4,258
Indiana Organ Waiting List 1,265

Illinois Waiting List

Kidney 3,571
Liver 360
Heart 244
Kidney/Pancreas 72
Lung 35
Pancreas 48
Intestine 4
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