The Gift of Donation

The Gift of Donation

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Many people are aware of the ability to donate vital organs to save lives, such as donation of your heart, lungs, or liver. What many may not be aware of is that you can also donate your musculoskeletal system which includes bones, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and skin. Unlike organ donation which requires specific cross-matching between donors and recipients, tissue donation does not involve blood cells thus a cross-match is not required. Donated tissue also has a longer window for transplant than organs as it can be stored for a specified period of time.

While these grafts may not save a life, they are vital in helping patients return to healthy, active lifestyles and enjoying the things they love the most. Bacterin International works with the donation of the musculoskeletal system.

Making the decision to give the gift of donation is one of the most selfless things you can do. Please take the time to learn about organ and tissue donation and visit


Donate Life America

Bacterin is a proud supporter of Donate Life America and the Donate Life Rose Parade Float. This year Bacterin, along with our recovery partners, was pleased to sponsor hundreds of dedication roses, and the memorial “florograph” portraits of two of the seventy-two organ, eye and tissue donors honored on the 2013 Donate Life Rose Parade Float.

Below are photos of Bacterin helping to support and construct the 2013 Donate Life Rose Parade Float.

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