Gift of Life Stories

Read these inspiring stories about how organ and tissue donation and transplantation touches and transforms lives.

Learn About Organ & Tissue Donation

The Waiting List

The first step of the transplant journey is the national waiting list managed by The United Network for Organ Sharing. Currently, there are more than 115,000 people waiting for life-saving organs because there are not enough donor organs for everyone who needs them.

Living Donation

Thousands of lives are saved each year thanks to the unselfish generosity of living donation, which is an increasingly viable option for patients awaiting transplantation.

Writing to Donor Families

As a transplant recipient, you may want to write to the family of your donor to share information about your renewed life and to express your gratitude. Here is a resource to aid in finding the right words.

About Gift of Life Donor Program

Gift of Life Donor Program is the largest organ procurement organization (OPO) in the United States, serving more than 11 million people across the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware. We help and heal lives by coordinating the recovery and distribution of organs and tissues used in life-saving and life-enhancing transplants.

Our Impact in 2017

565
Organ Donors
1,546
Organs Transplanted
1,281
Musculoskeletal Donors
2,112
Cornea Donors

News & Updates

Hope for the Holidays

The holidays are stressful for most of us, even when we aren’t grieving the death of someone we love. Added on top of the normal holiday stress, grief can make the holidays even more difficult. We’ve gathered resources to help you through this holiday season.

The ‘Gift of Life’ Through Organ Donation

12-year-old Taylor is a member of Team Philadelphia’s Youth Basketball team who won the silver medal at this year’s Transplant Games of America. On Nov. 30, the team was honored at the Philadelphia 76ers game.

The Heart of a Champion: Derek’s Story

Derek Fitzgerald is the first cancer survivor and heart transplant recipient to complete a full Ironman competition. He gives all praise to the hero organ donor who saved his life.

Onyi – Sprinting Ahead After Transplant

Onyi Kenine received a life-saving liver transplant as an infant and it has never held her back from living a normal, healthy life. Her donor is always in her mind as she lives the best life she can.

Lodging and Support for Families

A supportive “Home Away from Home” for transplant patients and their families.

Organ and Tissue Donation Professionals

An international training center and consulting service for organ donation professionals.