Honoring Donation in 2023

While the need for registered donors is great, we do want to pause to thank the heroic donors in 2023 who saved and healed thousands of lives!

individuals gave the gift of life through organ donation in 2023.
lives were saved by heroic organ donors in 2023
tissue donors healed thousands in 2023.
cornea donors gave the gift of sight to nearly a thousand people in 2023.

Donation Resources

Members of the media may choose to access Lifeline of Ohio's multimedia resources including fact sheets, preferred terminology, video assets and logos for story development.

Fact Sheet, Stats and Service Area
  • In Ohio, more than 3,100 people – approximately 700 in Central Ohio – are waiting for an organ transplant, and hundreds more await tissue and corneal transplants.
  • Approximately 20 times each day a man, woman or child dies for lack of an available organ. Once every 48 hours, an Ohioan dies waiting. Thousands more are waiting for tissue and corneal transplants.
  • In Central and Southeastern Ohio, 445 lives were saved in 2023 through organ donation and transplantation. Other statistics include:
  • 182 organ donors gave the gift of life
  • 553 tissue donors healed thousands
  • 451 cornea donors gave sight to nearly one thousand others.
  • 587 placentas were donated through the Lifeline of Ohio Placenta Donation Program
  • In the United States, 46,632 organ transplants were performed in 2023 and more than 1.75 million tissue transplants were performed.

How Does An Ohioan Register As A Donor?

Ohioans may declare their wish to become a donor by registering online through www.lifelineofohio.org. Additionally, individuals may declare their decision when at the BMV.

The Ohio Donor Registry is an individual’s first person authorization to donate the gift of life at the time of their death, if possible, through organ, eye and tissue donation.

Lifeline of Ohio encourages everyone to talk to their loved ones about their donation decision. When the next-of-kin knows their loved one’s decision at the time of death, it is one of the most helpful steps a grieving family can take to deal with its loss.

2023 Impact Report
Video Assets

Lifeline of Ohio general b-roll

Please note – If you would like to have a version of this sent to you for download, please email media@lifelineofohio.org to request.


Coming soon! If you need a logo immediately, please email media@lifelineofohio.org.

  • Lifeline of Ohio logo
  • Donate Life logo
  • Dash for Donation logo
  • Placenta Donation program logo
Language Matters

We kindly request that media covering donation and transplantation stories consider using the following terminology out of respect to donor heroes and their loved ones and to describe the lifesaving donation and transplantation process most accurately.

  • Organs, tissues and corneas are “recovered,” not “harvested,” “removed” or “taken.”
  • An individual who is brain dead may be on “mechanical support” but not “life support.”
  • Organ, tissue and cornea donors are “deceased donors” or “donor heroes” not “cadavers” or “cadaveric donors.”
  • Brain death is death; it is permanent and irreversible. The individual is “clinically and legally deceased” not “in a coma,” and they cannot “wake up.”
  • Patients waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant are placed on the “national transplant waiting list.”
  • Hospitals where donation takes place are “donor hospitals.” Hospitals where transplantation takes place are “transplant centers.”

Lifeline of Ohio is an independent, non-profit organization who promotes and coordinates the donation of human organs and tissue for transplantation. Lifeline of Ohio serves 97 hospitals and facilities in 38 counties in Ohio and two in West Virginia and is designated as an organ procurement organization through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Ohio is a unique state in that there are four organ procurement organizations serving its citizens

  • Lifebanc in Cleveland, serving Northeast Ohio
  • Life Connection of Ohio in Dayton and Toledo, serving Western Ohio
  • Life Center Organ Donor Network in Cincinnati, serving Southwestern Ohio
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2023 - A Year of Saving and Healing Lives

Media Contact Information

We will respond promptly to media inquiries directed to the following phone or email – (800) 525-5667 or email media@lifelineofohio.org.