Mentor Headshot - Jessica Smith

Jessica, Living Liver Donor

In response to the overwhelming need for organs for transplantation, relatives, loved ones, friends, and even strangers are stepping forward and becoming living donors. Those becoming living donors are helping the more than 100,000 people in the United States who are awaiting kidney and liver transplants. In 2016, nearly 6,000 kidney and liver transplants were made possible by living donors.


The American Transplant Foundation seeks to provide comprehensive information on living organ donation in order to inform potential living donors of the associated benefits, risks, and considerations and to prepare them for their journey ahead.


Please click on the links below to learn more about living donation.




At our inaugural Transplant Hero Awards, we honored four living organ donors who have given selflessly and anonymously so that another can live a full and abundant life. These people gave without the desire for recognition or the expectation of receiving something in return, but the Foundation is thankful to honor their decision.


2013 Gift of Life Award Recipients include Kaye Basedow, Russ Cupps, Adam Leventhal and Cara Yesawich.





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We’d like to thank Emily Boynton for her help in researching and compiling this guide.