Read stories of patients the American Transplant Foundation has helped though the Patient Assistance Program here.


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Jess, Living Kidney Donor

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“The friend I had known for years was brighter, lighter, healthier, and more full of life. Any pre-surgery doubts or worries were quickly forgotten as we allowed the immense relief and joy to wash over us.”

Read more about Jess.



Debbie, Living Kidney Donor


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“Living donation was our way of simply not only honoring our son but honoring life – the true Gift of Life.  We are so passionate about helping others avoid losing someone they love as we did.”

Read more about Debbie.

Robin, Living Kidney Donor


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“It cost me so very little and gave so very much, something that can never be measured.  I try to encourage everyone I can to consider organ donation.”

Read more about Robin.


Coleen, Living Liver Donor

“We all need to protect and fight for each other. If we don’t, there will be no one left to fight for us when it’s our turn to be in need.”

Read more about Coleen.


Rachel, Tissue Recipient


“My goal is to be helping patients the same way my surgeon helped me through allograft transplantation.”

Read more about Rachel.


Robin, Donor Mother


“Nothing takes the pain away, but knowing that your child is a hero to someone is a wonderful thing.”

Read more about Robin and Joe.


Chris and Stephanie, Future Living Kidney Donor and Recipient


“Chris is my rock. I’m the lucky one.”

Read more about Chris and Stephanie.


Keith, Kidney Recipient


“Every day is a gift of life for me. I can finally live the way I always wanted to.”

Read more about Keith.


Krysta, Double Lung Recipient and Tissue Donor


“Because of organ donation, we got to see our daughter run.”

Read more about Krysta.


Marc, Living Kidney Donor


“If you can help someone, my goodness yes, do it. What’s the downside?”

Read more about Marc.


Brittney, Heart Recipient


“When I was two months old, I was only heartbeats away from the end of my life. After my heart transplant, I was at the beginning.”

Read more about Brittney.


CJ, Organ and Tissue Donor


“CJ’s legacy will help others run faster, see clearer and soar higher.”

Read more about CJ.


Bryan, Kidney Recipient


“My transplant not only gave me a new lease on life, but also a great friend.”

Read more about Bryan.


Manuel, Tissue Recipient


“I can now do the simple things I once took for granted, like brushing my teeth and scratching my nose.”

Read more about Manuel.


Ike, Heart Recipient


“Within 24 hours of my transplant, I went from a 57-year-old with congestive heart failure to a man with a perfectly healthy heart. As I lay in the hospital bed, I smiled because I had a life ahead of me. I no longer had to worry about dying.”

Read more about Ike.


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