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Living Kidney Donation

Living kidney donors are a unique group of people. Donating a kidney is a courageous, generous act. You would be giving the gift of life to someone in need. Get started today by filling out our health history questionnaire on a desktop or laptop computer. To learn more about living kidney donation, watch this video!

What are some good reasons to donate a kidney to someone in kidney failure?

  • People who have a kidney transplant live longer and have a better quality of life than people who stay on dialysis. You can be the one to save them! A kidney transplant from a living donor starts working faster, lasts longer, and can extend a patient’s life span compared to individuals who receive a kidney transplant from a deceased donor.
  • People on our transplant list can wait up to 6 years or more for a kidney. A living donor transplant takes them off the list and off dialysis sooner. The sooner they are off dialysis, the better the outcome for the recipient.
  • Living donor transplants free up space on the waiting list for those who do not have a living donor.

Who can be a donor?

  • A donor can be a family member, distant relative, friend, or co-worker. You do not have to be a “blood relative” of the recipient.
  • It is also possible to donate a kidney to someone in need who you don’t know. This is called “Altruistic” or “Good Samaritan” donation.
  • If you are not a compatible match with your recipient, there are options for you to still give through our paired exchange or kidney swap program. Through these programs, donors have the opportunity to save two or more lives. 

Living kidney donors must be:

  • Age 21 – 70
  • In good health
  • Willing to do all testing required
  • Able to understand the risks and possible complications of kidney donation
  • In a stable life situation and must have family or social support to help during recovery that is separate from that of the recipient’s social support