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More than 100,000 people in the nation are waiting for a lifesaving transplant. Many face a lengthy wait for an available organ.

Relatives, friends and even individuals who wish to remain anonymous are heeding the call to serve as living donors.  Of the more than 23,000 transplants in 2023, 6,953 transplants in the U.S. were made possible by living donors.

Living donor Karon Sandberg shares how she saved her friend Mike’s life by donating her kidney. Today about one in four living donors is not related to their recipient.
Living donor transplant recipient, Bill McKenzie, shares how a living donor and friend gave him a second chance at life.


What organs can a person donate?

The two most transplanted organs from a living donor is either a kidney or segment of a liver.

What are the benefits of a living donor transplant vs. deceased donor transplant?

What factors should be considered in making the decision to donate?

Who can be a living donor?

Does a person need to match the blood type of a potential recipient in order to donate?

What is a Paired Kidney Exchange?

What does living donation surgery involve?

What are the risks that should be considered before becoming a living donor?

Will the donor’s lifestyle change after donation?

What is recovery like for a living donor?

Can women get pregnant/have children after organ donation?

Who pays for a donor’s medical costs?

What is a donor’s overall experience after living donation?

Learn More

Contact any Wisconsin transplant center to find out more about living donation or the process to become a living kidney or liver donor:

Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center
Transplant Program (Milwaukee)

Children’s Wisconsin Transplant Programs
Children’s Wisconsin (Milwaukee)

UW Health Transplant Center (Madison)

Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin
Transplant Center (Milwaukee)

National Resources