Kidney Donation Overview

Our commitment to you is to give you the facts, with no spin. As donors ourselves, we will give you insights that can only come from actually donating a kidney.

Donating a kidney comes with risks, which we will elaborate on in this section. If you are not comfortable with these risks or if you are looking to be compensated, we encourage you to not pursue kidney donation.

Since 1954, when the first successful living donor transplant took place in Boston, living donors have been giving the gift of life and making a difference. This tradition has allowed thousands of people facing kidney failure to live longer, healthier lives, free from the challenging routine of dialysis.

Donating a kidney not only helps the person who receives the living donor kidney but also shortens the deceased donor wait list, helping others get a deceased donor kidney sooner.

There are currently over 100,000 people in the United States on the deceased donor wait list. Typical wait times for a deceased donor are three to 10 years.