3,181 individuals are currently awaiting heart transplantation in the US

End organ failure with the need for organ transplantation is arguably one of the most significant late effects of some cancer treatments.

The increasing incidence of heart failure not only among adult survivors of childhood cancer, but also among survivors of many adult cancers [e.g. Hers + Breast Cancer survivors] has prompted the emergence of a new subspecialty within the field of medicine: cardio-oncology.

As of the writing of this content, there are 112,673 individuals awaiting end organ transplantation with 3,181 individuals awaiting heart transplantation, 1000+ whose end organ failure is potentially linked to cancer therapy, 36 whose hearts are failing due to damage done by the cancer fighting agent, doxorubicin, and 7 whose hearts of failing secondary to radiation therapy within the United States.

It should be noted that these numbers represent those who are formally listed with UNOS and do not reflect the number of individuals struggling with heart failure who have not yet been listed for transplant.

In 2010, 2,333 individuals received a heart transplants.

Eighteen individuals die each day awaiting organ transplantation.

One donor can save up to 8 lives.

According to NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), approximately 119 people die in traffic accidents each day in the United States. Theoretically, if those 119 were registered organ donors, more than 18 people per day would be offered the opportunity to live.

myHeart, yourHands recognizes and deeply respects the devastating grief potential donor families face amidst the unexpected, catastrophic loss of a loved one. The decision to donate is profoundly personal, influenced by many factors, and ultimately, to be respected without question and/or judgement.

We would ever-so-gently encourage everyone, including ourselves, to be proactive in asking loved ones the hard questions of “What if you were to be killed unexpectedly? Would you like to serve as an organ donor providing someone else with an opportunity at life?”

For more information on Organ Donation, please visit Donate Life America [and] United Network for Organ Sharing.