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.

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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.

Take the Next Step

You can find more about your options through these organizations

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National Kidney Registry

The National Kidney Registry is the largest paired exchange program in the world and provides unequaled Donor Shield® protections for donors including reimbursement for lost wages, travel & lodging. The Family Voucher Program also protects donors’ families in the event a family member ever needs a transplant.
*These programs are only offered at partnering transplant centers*
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Find a Transplant Center

To ask about being a living donor, you can also contact a transplant center in your area. 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
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Whether you have someone in mind to donate to or not, your next step is to contact a transplant center to start your evaluation.

Remember that this process takes time, and you can be evaluated to donate at more than one center. Every center is different, but your health is the top priority at each one.