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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

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

A Second Shot at Life

Heart transplant recipient, Ron Boris, competed with Team Philadelphia at the Transplant Games of America and brought home three medals in honor of his organ donor.

Couple finds love at the Transplant Games

Jen and Trevin Ray have a lot to be thankful for. Both received a second chance at life through a life-saving organ transplant, a rare bond that brought them together.

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.