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Becoming a donor

In Texas, there are two ways to sign-up to be an organ, eye and/or tissue donor - at the DMV and at www.donatelifetexas.org/coastalbendkidney/

Who can register?
Anyone can register. And Texas makes it really simple to do so from home or at the Department of Public Safety (DPS) office.

How to register
Registering from home is easy. The Glenda Dawson Donate Life Texas Registry is the official state site for registering to be an organ, tissue, or eye donor. You can also register to be a donor at your nearest DPS office when you apply for or renew your driver's license or ID.

What is the difference between an organ donor and a tissue donor? Organ donors donate their major vital organs: heart, kidneys, pancreas, lungs, liver and intestines. Tissue donors donate their tissue, which includes corneas, skin, bone, heart valves and tendons.

Patient Resources

National Kidney Disease Education Program - Tools to help provide kidney disease education

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Kidney Disease and Diet - Information from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on Kidney Disease.

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Transplants For Children - Assists young organ and tissue transplant recipients and their families.

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Love Kidneys Campaign is designed to increase awareness among at-risk patients and the medical community about the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease.

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American Association of Kidney Patients - A list of support groups in Texas.

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End Stage Renal Disease Network of Texas - ESRD Networks receive and investigate patient grievances relating to dialysis care. They usually attempt to mediate any disputes brought to their attention.

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Texas A&M University - Coastal Bend Health Education Center

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Assistance Programs

The Kidney Health Care Program (KHC) is a state program and helps people with end-stage renal disease get their health care services.

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Finding Help In Texas: A program of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission

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Network of Care: Search this comprehensive directory to find services related to aging, disabilities, caregiving, Alzheimer's, and more.

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Patient Assistance

National Living Donor Assistance Center: Program to reduce the financial disincentives to living organ donation.

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Help for Low-Income Texans: Low-income households may qualify for assistance with home energy bills, weatherization and more.

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Organ Donation

The Living Bank - Raising awareness of the critical need for organ transplant donors through public education and advocating for donors and their families.

Texas Organ Sharing Alliance - An independent, federally-designated Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) serving central and south Texas.

Donate Life Texas - Register here to be an organ donor.

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Southwest Transplant Alliance - An independent, federally-designated Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) serving Dallas/Ft. Worth and the north Texas areas.

United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) - United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is the private, non-profit organization that manages the nation's organ transplant system under contract with the federal government.

LifeGift - An independent, federally-designated Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) serving Houston and counties in the southwest areas of Texas.

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