Caring Voice Coalition
The numbers above really say it all. There is a deficit of available organs out there for people who are in dire need of transplants. This is hardly news to anyone, but it’s important to remember that there are numerous organizations whose only goal is to bring awareness to this problem and to facilitate successful transplants. Among them, is the United Network of Organ Sharing.
UNOS, a private non-profit organization, administers the only Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) in the United States, which they operate under the federal government. The OPTN was originally a piece of legislation, which was introduced in 1984 by Al Gore. This system made organ donation national and helped to create allocation criteria based on medical factors only. Meaning, before this legislation was introduced, there was no system to determine who should be where on “the list”.