Why become a living donor? Thousands of people die each year waiting for donated organs. There never are enough organs to meet the need.
Medical science has advanced to the point where donation from a living donor is now possible. By offering a kidney, lobe of a lung, portion of the liver, pancreas, or intestine, living donors offer their recipient an alternative to waiting on the national transplant waiting list for an organ from a deceased donor.
Giving the gift of life to another person is one of the most meaningful things a person can do. Today, more than 6,000 living donors per year give the gift of life to another person, and one in four of these living donors aren't biologically related to the recipient.
Bone Marrow Donation
Thousands of patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases depend on bone marrow transplants to save their life. To learn more about bone marrow donation, visit the National Marrow Donor Program’s site.
You can make saving lives a habit by regularly donating blood. Appointments to give blood can be coordinated through your local blood bank. To locate a blood bank near you, visit the AABB website or by contacting the Red Cross to learn about blood drives in your area.