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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

How Does Organ & Tissue Donation Work?

Gift of Life coordinates the recovery of organs and tissues for transplant. The complex organ process involves collaborating with highly skilled medical professionals at many different levels.

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 114,000 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 2018

615
Organ Donors
1,671
Organs Transplanted
1,368
Musculoskeletal Donors
2,009
Cornea Donors

News & Updates

Cynthia London, Celebrating 22 Years of Service

Gift of Life is celebrating the contributions of volunteer ambassador, board member, and donor mom Cynthia London. Cynthia became connected with Gift of Life 22 years ago when her son Sipho became an organ donor.

Lehigh Valley Doctor Becomes Patient

Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Neal Stansbury found himself in a new situation when he realized he was in acute heart failure and would need a life-saving heart transplant.

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.