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101,699 people in the United States are currently on the waiting list for kidney transplants. In the Gift of Life service region, 5,339 people are waiting on a life-saving kidney transplant.
About the Kidney
The kidneys function as our body’s filters, cleaning the blood of waste and impurities. They also release hormones that regulate blood pressure, control production of red blood cells, and promote growth of healthy bones.
Those people who need kidney transplants have suffered from some form of kidney failure, which can be a result of diabetes, high blood pressure or a number of diseases that can be inherited. If left untreated, kidney failure can be fatal.
While most people are born with two kidneys, all humans can survive with one. This is how individuals are able to be living kidney donors and help save the lives of a loved one or even a complete stranger, as in the case of altruistic donation.
- In the U.S., there are nearly 101,699 people waiting for a kidney transplant.
- Locally, there are more than 5,339 patients waiting for a kidney transplant.
- The average amount of time that someone waits for a kidney transplant is five years.
- In 2014, there were 14,150 kidney transplants performed nationally.
National Donor Sabbath, observed annually in November, seeks to educate faith-based communities about the need for organ, eye and tissue donors. Order free materials to celebrate National Donor Sabbath, taking place Nov. 13-15!
The Interactive Body
Explore the Interactive Body to learn about organs and tissues needed for others awaiting transplants.
Giving Life a Second Chance
Since 1974, Gift of Life Donor Program has helped hundreds of thousands of patients through organ and tissue donation.