Ask the Doctor
Questions about kidney disease? Risk factors? Signs and symptoms? Are you concerned about yourself, a friend or family member? Ask Dr. Spry.
American Academy of Dermatology helps educate transplant recipients, who are on anti-rejection meds and therefore at greater risk for skin cancer, learn how to prevent and detect skin cancer.
American Liver Foundation is a national voluntary health organization that has established a Transplant Fund to assist patients and families in fundraising efforts for liver transplantation. The Foundation acts as a trustee of funds raised on behalf of patients to help pay for medical care and associated transplantation expenses, which may include expenses related to a living liver donation. (800) GO-LIVER / (800) 465-4837, email@example.com
The American Organ Transplant Association offers transportation assistance through the Greyhound Corporation. Helps patients with free transportation to and from their transplant center, many times hundreds of miles away. (713) 344-2402
American Society of Transplantation is a group of transplant professionals dedicated to research, education, advocacy and patient care in transplantation science and medicine.
Arbor Research Collaborative for a health calculator and to compare waiting times by transplant hospital.
The mission of the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT) is to support our partners in the donation and transplant field as they save and heal lives in our diverse communities. (877) 742-2630
Children's Organ Transplant Association helps children and young adults who need a life-saving transplant by providing fundraising assistance and family support. (800) 366-2682
Division of Transplantation is a Government organization that provides Federal oversight and funding support for the nation's organ procurement, allocation, and transplantation system; coordinates national organ and tissue donation activities and funds research to learn more about what works to increase donation; administers the national bone marrow registry program.
Donate Life America is a not-for-profit alliance of national organizations and state teams across the United States committed to increasing organ, eye and tissue donation.
Georgia Transplant Foundation is focused on providing both financial and educational assistance for those undergoing or waiting for a solid organ transplant in the entire state of Georgia. GTF also provides assistance for expenses related to living donation. (770) 457-3796
Gift of a Lifetime is a photo-documentary journey about organ donation and transplantation.
HelpHOPELive (formerly called National Transplant Assistance Fund) works with families and volunteers throughout the United States to establish successful grass-roots fundraising campaigns in honor of individuals facing transplantation or for persons who have sustained a catastrophic injury (incl. spinal cord or traumatic brain). (800) 642-8399 or (610) 727-0612
Israel Penn International Transplant Tumor Registry provides information for organ recipients who develop transplant-related malignancies.
Kidney Transplant/Dialysis Association, Inc. is dedicated to providing financial aid, information, and emotional support to chronic renal disease patients and their families.
Lotsa Helping Hands is a simple, immediate way for friends, family, colleagues and neighbors to assist loved ones in need. It is an easy-to-use, private group online calendar, specifically designed for organizing helpers, where everyone can pitch in with meal delivery, rides, and other necessary tasks. There is no cost to your family to use this system.
NATCO, The Organization for Transplant Professionals is a professional society representing the largest group of transplant professionals in North America.
National Foundation for Transplants offers fundraising assistance for organ and tissue transplant patients across the country, tailoring efforts to best suit each individual. (800) 489-3863 or (901) 684-1697, firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Living Donor Assistance Center is a new program funded by the US government that allows transplant programs to file an application on behalf of an eligible living donor for travel and lodging reimbursement.
National Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (National MOTTEP) educates and empowers minority communities to learn about organ and tissue transplantation and addresses the diseases and behaviors which lead to the need for transplantation such as diabetes, hypertension, alcohol and substance abuse, poor nutrition and lack of exercise.
National Transplantation Pregnancy Registry studies the outcomes of pregnancies in female transplant recipients and those fathered by male transplant recipients.
Alliance for Paired Donation has a program called OPT (Options Post-Transplantation) for a New Start that provides an opportunity for kidney transplant recipients to acquire a college degree, maintain the health of their kidney, increase their return-to-work rate and begin to enjoy life again after transplantation.
The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) is the unified transplant network established by the United States Congress under the National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA) of 1984. The act called for the network to be operated by a private, non-profit organization under federal contract. The OPTN is a unique public-private partnership that links all of the professionals involved in the donation and transplantation system. The primary goals of the OPTN are to: increase the effectiveness and efficiency of organ sharing and equity in the national system of organ allocation, and to increase the supply of donated organs available for transplantation. Find a transplant center.
Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients is a national database for transplant statistics.
Transplant Café allows individuals in the transplant community to connect online to create friendships, get & give support, increase awareness through advocacy & much more.
Affordable Transplant Housing may be available for you and your family if you are traveling to a transplant center that is far from your home and need a place to stay while you are receiving care. This list is of transplant centers that have "transplant houses," however this list is not exhaustive and you should contact your transplant coordinator or social worker for more information about these and other programs. Some transplant centers offer a discount at area hotels.
Transplant Recipients International Organization (TRIO) has a scholarship program that gives thousands of dollars in academic grants to members and their families each year.
TRIO/United Airlines Travel Program is a cooperative arrangement between TRIO and the United Airlines Charity Miles Program, providing cost-free air transportation for transplant recipients, candidates, living donors and care-givers for transplant-related travel. (800) TRIO-386, email@example.com
The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) manages the waiting list for a transplant in the U.S. and matches donors to recipients. Each transplant center's waiting list is part of the "national waiting list" that UNOS manages. UNOS administers the OPTN under contract with the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Their patient-centered Transplant Living site offers an easy-to-navigate collection of information and resources that help transplant patients and their families make the best possible decisions about their treatment and future health. View their list of support groups to see if there is one in your area.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) U.S. Government information on Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation.