Cal Mitchell thought he was just going to get some results back on routine blood work that day in 2006. Instead, he learned that life had changed forever with a diagnosis of polycystic kidney disease (PKD).
Of the over 118,000 Americans waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant, more than 3,000 live in the Pacific Northwest. But a growing shortage of living and deceased organ donors means that not all will receive their transplant in time.
Donation saves lives, but donation isn't just about organs! Cornea donation restores sight to thousands every year. A single tissue donor can touch over 50 lives - healing a burn victim, saving the life of a newborn with congenital heart defects, replacing tumorous bones, and more.
By educating and registering people in the Pacific Northwest about organ, eye and tissue donation, Donate Life Northwest gives HOPE to those waiting for a transplant.