Eighteen people die each day because there aren’t enough organs available for those in need, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
More than 100,000 people are on the waiting list for organs across the country.
This national shortage meant that Mike Miller would have to wait about seven years for a new kidney.
Then the generosity of a friend saved him the agonizing wait.
Read this living donor kidney transplant story.
Myths & Facts of Organ Donation
Have you had questions about signing up as an organ donor? Wondered if it could put your life at risk? Been unclear about what being an organ donor means?
Get some answers. We break down common misconceptions and explain key reasons why people choose to become organ donors in our organ donation infographic.
Paired Donation Program
It's a way to get people the organs they need to live, sooner. “Paired donor exchanges,” where a friend or family member who wants to donate a kidney to a loved one but isn’t a match for the recipient can instead be paired with another matching recipient. The original patient in need of an organ is also matched with a willing donor.
For the kidney transplant team, paired donor exchanges can pose logistical challenges; but, in the end, the exchange expands their ability to find a match between donors and recipients.
What it is like to be an organ donor? Read about the experience of one man who donated his kidney to a stranger.
Becoming a Living Donor
Want to Donate Your Organs When You Die?
You can save the lives of as many as 8 people by donating your organs after you die. To sign up: