I Want to Learn More About Living 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 waitlist, helping others get a deceased donor kidney sooner.

The National Kidney Registry is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of people facing kidney failure by increasing the number of living donor transplants and improving the donation process. Throughout this website, we are committed to giving you the facts about living donation, with no spin.

Though our goal is to increase the number of living donor transplants, we are also dedicated to supporting and protecting all donors, and making sure potential donors are fully aware of what donating a kidney entails.

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