Nearly 100,000 people in America are waiting for a kidney transplant and almost 15,000 for a liver transplant. Unfortunately, many may never get the call saying that an organ — and a second chance at life — has been found. You can help.
Most people have two kidneys, but only need one. And the liver has an amazing ability to regenerate and grow back to its full size in a matter of weeks. Therefore, living donation is a promising alternative to waiting for a deceased kidney or liver.
Over the next several weeks, help Mayo Clinic raise awareness of living donation. Explore our toolkits, share our posts on social media, and talk to friends and loved ones about the impact that can be made through living donation.
LIVING DONOR TOOLKIT
Living donation is a wonderful act of generosity and courage, taking place when a living person chooses to give the ultimate gift of an organ donation to someone in need.
Learn more about the donation process with our Living Donor Toolkit.
If you’ve been told you need a kidney or liver transplant, we’re here to provide you with all the details of this process, from finding a donor to recovering from your operation.
See how our Recipient Toolkit can help you in your transplant process.
As an endurance athlete who has completed six Ironman triathlons and more than two dozen marathons, Michael Koetting does not fear physical challenges. So when he learned he could use his good health to help a stranger in need, he never hesitated.
Learn more about Michael’s story and why he was so eager to donate.
On average, living donor kidneys last 20 years while deceased donor kidneys last 10 years. That’s 10 extra birthdays to celebrate!
Learn more about living donation with our Frequently Asked Questions.
If you have interest in becoming a living donor, find out how to get started on being a candidate for donation.
Send an email to invite people you know to join the Transplant page.