We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the process of registering to be a donor.
REGISTER TO BE A DONOR
There are a number of ways to record your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor in Texas.
- When applying for or renewing a Texas driver license or vehicle registration
- Online at www.DonateLifeTexas.org
- By submitting a paper registration form by mail or fax. They can be obtained at registration events or mailed to interested parties. Mail to Donate Life Texas at 5489 Blair Road. Dallas, TX 75231. You can also fax your form to (713) 349-2588.
- Using the MedID tab of the Health App on an iPhone or iPad
BECOME A VOLUNTEER
Help spread the word about the lifesaving gift of organ, eye and tissue donation by becoming a Volunteer Advocate. Our Volunteer Advocates are an important part of our effort to increase the number registered donors. They volunteer their time to attend donation-awareness events and help:
- Promote organ, eye and tissue donation
- Encourage people to sign-up on the Donate Life Texas state registry
- Provide the public with facts about organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation so that people can make informed decisions about donation
REQUEST A PROGRAM
We can help you conduct donor registration drives, educational programs and arrange speakers. All requests will be evaluated and approved based on program effectiveness and staff/volunteer availability.
To help us best meet your needs, please provide three options for dates and times for your registration drive, program or speaker.
My daughter Maiya Cunningham was born without a pulmonary valve and diagnosed with pulmonary atresia. At two years old she underwent a 14 hour surgery to create a functioning pulmonary valve. Post surgery, we were advised that Maiya would eventually need a heart transplant.
Maiya’s recovery was above average and afforded her a high quality of life. She played clarinet in the school band, traveled freely, was active in church. She was a cheerleader, and she even rode rollercoasters!
In December of 2007 Maiya developed walking pneumonia, which caused irreversible heart damage and she was hospitalized in February of 2008 due to heart failure. After several weeks of corrective surgeries, she was removed from the transplant list. She passed away on August 30th of 2008, 30 days after her 14th birthday. Although Maiya couldn’t receive a heart, she was able to donate to others as a bone, skin tissue and cornea donor.
Looking back on her life, there’s not one thing that I would change; she was the light in my life and the lives of so many others. As a supporter of STA and advocate for organ donation, my pledge to her legacy is to dispell the myths about organ donation.