More than 110,000 people are waiting for a life-saving kidney or liver. It only takes one person to make a difference.

Organ donation is a gift of life. Recipients are able to live longer, happier lives because someone was willing to give them a kidney, heart, pancreas, liver or bone marrow. The good news is that almost anyone can be an organ donor regardless of age or medical history.

How Can You Be a Life-Saver?

  1. Register as a living kidney donor, or a living liver donor, or to be an organ donor after your passing. The registration process is simple and can be done online. 
  2. Talk with your family about your desire to be an organ donor. The conversation will help them understand your decision and give them comfort should this become a reality.
  3. If you are interested in registering as an organ donor after your passing, know that whether or not you choose to be an organ donor, your decision has no impact on the level of care you will receive while in the hospital. Organ donation isn't discussed until a medical evaluation of the potential donor has been performed at the time of death to determine which organs may be usable for donation.

What is Living Organ Donation?

On average, 20 people die every day while waiting for a transplant. To help meet the need for those with a failing organ, living donors can offer up one kidney or a portion of their liver to help someone in need.

Organs from living donors typically function much longer than organs from deceased donors.

Advantages of living donor transplants include:

  • Better long-term outcomes
  • Shorter wait times
  • Scheduled surgery
  • Lower risk of rejection

Be a Living Kidney Donor

If you are interested in signing up to be a living kidney donor, check to see if you meet the criteria by completing this online form.

Below is a story from ABC4 News about two friends who are now bonded for life by living donation. Glenn donated one of his kidneys to his friend Paul when Paul's kidney began failing.

Be a Living Liver Donor

Our skilled team of surgeons makes it possible for someone to donate a portion of their liver to someone in need. Within a few months, both parts of the liver have regrown into a full-size, fully-functional liver.

If you’re interested in signing up to be a living liver donor, see if you meet the criteria by completing this online form.

Watch a video about Carson and Liz, who now share a bond for life. Aunt Liz donated a portion of her liver to her nephew Carson, which helped him return to living a happy and healthier life sooner than waiting for a deceased donor liver.

Resources Available

If you’re thinking about being a living donor, you probably have a lot of questions. Did you know that one organ donor can save up to nine lives and change the lives of more than 50 people?

To learn more about organ donation, visit United Network for Organ Sharing, Donate Life - America, or the National Foundation for Transplants.

Our Team of Experts

Our organ transplant team is committed to providing you with personalized and compassionate care, regardless of where you are at in the process. Our multidisciplinary team includes transplant physicians, surgeons, nurses, psychologists, dietitians, coordinators and other staff.

Have questions about living organ donation or transplantation? Contact our clinic at (801) 507-3380