Learn About Donation

Living Donation

Living donation, most often associated with kidney donation, can save the life of someone facing a long and uncertain wait. Living donors can donate to family, friends, or anonymous candidates. Each year about 6,000 transplants around the country are made possible by living donors.

Who Can be a Living Donor?

A living donor should be in good overall physical and mental health, must be 18 years of age or older and compatible with the intended transplant candidate.

When considering living donation, it is critical to gather as much information as possible and to be informed of all the known risks involved. The choice to be a living donor should be made without any pressure or guilt. To become a living donor, contact one of the following renal transplant centers located in New Jersey:

Hackensack University Medical Center

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (Barnabas Health)

Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Saint Barnabas Medical Center (Barnabas Health)

Kidney Exchange Programs

For patients who could not use their living donor because they were incompatible, there is the option of the living donor paired exchange program. In New Jersey, there are three options: the National Kidney Registry (NKR), the Alliance for Paired Donation (APD) and the UNOS Kidney Paired Donation Program (KPD).

What is Paired Donation, or Paired Exchange?

Paired donation or paired exchange involves two pairs of living kidney donors and transplant candidates who do not have matching blood types. The two candidates “trade” donors so that each candidate receives a kidney from a donor with a compatible blood type.

For more information, download the UNOS Brochure on Living Donation.

"Live From" Surgery Program - Living Kidney Donation

In the Interactive Theater at Liberty Science Center, you’ll have the extraordinary experience of observing, speaking with, and learning directly from partner physicians and hospitals during a living donor kidney transplant. Learn more!

living donor

After her daughter, Dr. Natasha Kruse (right), donated a kidney altruistically, it came as no surprise, that at age 70, Reenie (left) of New Jersey also decided to donate her kidney to a stranger, making her the oldest living donor in the United States!