Tissue Donor

Every year over 900,000 lives are helped through tissue and eye donation. Donated heart valves can replace damaged ones, allowing the heart to function well again.


Harriet Hopkins, who received a kidney from a deceased donor in 2001, works at the Mount Sinai Hospital gift shop.

Special grafts help patients with spinal deformities live normal lives. Musculoskeletal tissue replaces bone, tendons and ligaments lost to cancer, severe trauma, degenerative joint disease, arthritis and other conditions. Skin can save the lives of burn victims.

Without the choice of people like you and the determination of donor families, allograft surgery would not be possible. A single donor can help up to 50 people—often many more—improve their lives. With that in mind, please designate your positive donation decision.