Living Donation

Living Donors Are Lifelines

Thousands of people are in need of kidney and liver transplants. While many are successfully transplanted each year, the growing need exceeds the number of kidneys and livers available from deceased donors.

You can help.

What Is Living Donation?

Living donation is when a donor gives a kidney, a lobe of the lung, a portion of the liver, pancreas or intestine to a family member, friend, colleague or stranger as an alternative to waiting on the national transplant waiting list. Living donation allows more patients to be moved off of the waiting list, thus increasing the existing organ supply.

  • More than 6,500 living donations take place each year.
  • Some people choose to become "altruistic" living donors, meaning they donate to someone they don't even know.
  • Living donors can provide a valuable lifeline to those waiting for a transplant.

Pictured: FBI Agent Bridgette Trela donated a kidney to her longtime co-worker’s wife Rita Frazier


Still Have Questions About Living Donation?

Frequently Asked Questions