The AOC is committed to providing a better quality of life for those people who require organ or tissue transplants, while respecting the families who share the gift of life.
Since 1968, when organ transplantation began in Alabama, the need for transplantable organs quickly exceeded the supply. Established in 1979 as the "Alabama Organ Bank," the independent organ procurement organization (OPO) has since been renamed the Alabama Organ Center (AOC) and has grown to serve all hospitals in the state. The AOC is the federally designated OPO for Alabama.
Our mission at the Alabama Organ Center is to provide families an opportunity to donate organs and tissues, to support these families regardless of their decision, and to promote equitable utilization of these gifts to others. The Alabama Organ Center's goal is to facilitate the donor process, to coordinate the recovery of organs and tissues for transplantation and research, and to promote interest in the organ and tissue donor program. The Alabama Organ Center is committed to increasing knowledge about organ and tissue donation and transplantation, while eliminating common misconceptions regarding donation through ongoing public and professional education programs.
The Alabama Organ Center encourages you to:
- Get informed about donation
- Register to become a donor.
- Indicate your “Donor” status on your Driver’s License by saying “yes” when asked “Do you want to be an organ donor” when you obtain or renew your license.
- Tell your family and loved ones of your donation wishes.
It is very important to share your donation decision with your family so your wishes can be properly respected. There are several resources within this website that will address your specific needs and concerns regarding organ and tissue donation procedures and process.
The Alabama Organ Center will continue to dedicate itself to providing a better quality of life for those people who require organ and tissue transplantation, while respecting those families who share.
2012 Celebration of Life Picnic pictures have been uploaded to Shutterfly. An extra special thanks to Steve Gardner, donor dad, who was our photographer
We Are Proud to Introduce our NEW Series of POWERFUL STORIES.
A Donor's Story
August 18, 1988 - November 27, 2009
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A Recipient’s Story
Personal accounts from organ recipients who have been given a second chance at life.
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A Story of Spirit
Testimony from donor families and recipients for giving life a second chance through organ donation.
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