Help others during your lifetime
We’re often asked if joining the Donate Life Texas registry includes living donation, blood or bone marrow donation or willed body donation. It doesn’t – donor registration means agreeing to donate your tissues, eyes and organs after death. These opportunities to help others during your lifetime are worthwhile causes, and if you’re interested you can get more information through the links below.
Living organ donation
Some people choose to donate an organ, usually a kidney or part of their liver, while living. You can learn more about living donation and find additional links here.
Bone marrow donation
Bone marrow is a living donation that helps patients with blood cancers and diseases. Learn more through Be The Match, the national organization that manages bone marrow and adult stem cell donation.
Donated blood is needed to help with surgeries and emergency care on an on-going basis. Many organizations manage blood donation in Texas, and you can find more information through America’s Blood Centers.
The U.S. Department of Defense established the DoD/USU Brain Tissue Repository to advance traumatic brain injury (TBI) research. Their mission is to better understand the effects of traumatic brain injury and promote overall brain health of the warfighter. Using the best science, they support our service members and their families to help care for our military personnel after a head injury. Find out more at SPARC.
Willed body donation
Willed body donation, or whole body donation, is the gift of a person’s entire body after death to help promote research, science and learning. This is separate from your tissue, eye and organ donor registration with Donate Life Texas.
Willed body donation needs to be pre-arranged directly with the organization accepting donations. In most cases, you can both donate your organs and tissues and then also donate your body to one of these programs. You can find more information about willed body donation from the American Association of Tissue Bank’s non-anatomical gift program.
Life Tree Anatomical
LTA is the only non-university based willed body program approved by the State of Texas’ Anatomical Board. To learn more, call 512-402-8533; visit www.lifetreeanatomical.com or view their brochure here: Life Tree Anatomical brochure v6.