How do I donate a Kidney?

How do I donate a Kidney?

If you have two healthy kidneys, you may be able to donate one to improve or even save someone else's life.

Do you know someone who needs a transplant?

If you want to donate to someone you know, such as a family member, friend, or someone in your community, your first step is to contact the transplant hospital where they’re waiting for a transplant.

Or, do you want to donate to anyone who needs a transplant?

If you don’t know anyone who needs a transplant, and are willing to consider donating to anyone, you have several options:

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National Kidney Registry

We are the largest paired exchange program in the world and provide unequaled Donor Shield® protections for our donors including reimbursement for lost wages, travel & lodging. Our Family Voucher Program also protects donors’ families in the event a family member ever needs a transplant.  
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Find a Transplant Center

You can also contact a transplant center in your area to ask about being a living donor. To find a list of all transplant centers in the U.S., visit the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) website. Then follow these steps:
  • Select "Transplant Centers by Organ" under Member 
  • Select "Kidney" for Organ Type
  • Select your state or region