Tucson Metro Chamber
Donor Network of Arizona
- Organ Donation & Tissue Banks
Donor Network of Arizona (DNA) is the nonprofit, federally designated organ procurement organization for the state of Arizona. Our mission is to make the most of life through the gift of organ and tissue donation. We educate Arizonans how to save and heal lives by signing up to be an organ and tissue donor on the DonateLifeAZ Registry. We also facilitate organ, tissue and cornea donation in the state.
Donor Network of Arizona is dedicated to reaching out to all cultures in Arizona because organ and tissue donations are needed in every ethnic group. DNA works directly with all minority groups within the state, including African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans, to educate them on the importance of donation in their populations. For many minority groups, this knowledge is crucial since they are often deeply affected by diseases that can lead to the need for transplantation. For example, Hispanics and other minority groups are three times more likely to suffer from end-stage renal disease than Caucasians.
Currently, more than 119,000 men, women and children need lifesaving organ transplants. More than 2,400 people in Arizona need an organ transplant. Every 11 minutes another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list. Each day, 18 people die from the lack of available organs for transplant. More than 90 percent of Americans say they support donation, but only 30 percent know the essential steps to take to be a donor. For more information on our organization and to become a donor, visit www.DonateLifeAZ.org.