The purpose of the 1+1=LIFE Mentorship Program is to provide an unparalleled support service to those on the transplant wait list, living donors, transplant recipients, and caretakers. We believe no one should have to go through the process alone, and that everyone should have their questions answered.  

We strive to ensure the best possible match between mentor and mentee. If we have a good match, this process will take approximately 2 weeks from when we receive your application.

If you...

  • Have questions about your personal transplant journey (as a potential donor, recipient, or caregiver)
  • Would like to have emotional or educational support from someone who has gone through a transplant journey personally
  • Need help navigating the transplant system
  • Need help finding a living donor

Your transplant mentor can help. We have 150 active mentors including transplant recipients, living organ donors, and caregivers who speak 11 different languages. 

American Transplant Foundation can connect you with a trained volunteer mentor who knows what you are going though and can relate to your concerns. After all, our mentors are recipients, donors, or caregivers themselves. We have mentors for almost every type of solid organ transplant including kidney, liver, lung, and heart

Please note that the matching process is approximately 2 weeks from when we receive your application as we aim to create the best possible match between mentor and mentee.

* If you ever feel you need psychological help, we encourage you to call 211 for local resources and/or speak with your doctor.

The program is completely free for mentors and mentees.

Mentees can choose to just have one conversation to get their questions answered or can opt to have a mentor to help them through the entire process. We currently have participants in 48 states and counting. Mentees can be kidney, liver, lung, pancreas, and/or heart transplant patients or their caregivers.

Our staff offers additional support for both mentors and mentees, whether it's in providing financial resources, help in organizing a living donor search party, or answering questions about social media campaigns to find a living donor.

If you would like us to send 1+1=LIFE Mentorship Program brochures to your hospital or transplant center, please send requests to

Thank you for your interest in joining the program and we look forward to helping you!

A Special Thank You to Our 1+1=LIFE Mentorship Program Sponsors

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