For years Gift of Life has led the way for organ and tissue donation and transplantation in the U.S. and made a great impact worldwide.
About Gift of Life Donor Program
Since 1974, Gift of Life has coordinated more than 52,500 organs for transplantation and approximately 1.75 million life-enhancing tissue transplants. We continue to work tirelessly so that one day no one will die waiting for an organ transplant.
Leading the Way in Organ Donation
Gift of Life Donor Program is the leading organ procurement organization (OPO) in the United States. We work with 128 acute care hospitals and 15 transplant centers within our region to save lives through organ and tissue donation.
The People We Serve
The gift of organ and tissue donation can change someone's life and rewrite their story. Here, donor families, transplant recipients and others share inspiring stories about how donation and transplant transforms lives.
After tragedy brought them together, Carol and Kareem realized they shared a special bond through their faith and the life-saving legacy of organ donation.
The gift of sight has given Cameron Whittle the freedom and independence to get his driver’s license, start college and even win a gold medal in a national athletic competition. Cam’s story reveals the transformative power of a cornea transplant.
Special education teacher, wife and mother Jessica Will pays it forward in honor of the young man who gave her a second chance at life.
Zion’s friends described him as “kind, loving, selfless, humble and strong.” Zion became a hero when he saved and healed lives through organ, tissue and cornea donation at age 18 after a long battle with sickle cell anemia.
In the midst of COVID-19, four-year-old Zach needed a life-saving heart transplant. Thanks to a selfless family’s decision to say “yes” to organ donation, Zach received his new heart and a chance to run, play and grow!
When Markita said yes to organ donation, she found comfort knowing that her son Marquis would give others a second chance at life. Marquis went on to save the lives of three other young boys.
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.
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.
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.
After being diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, Carrie received the gift of donated tendon grafts in her shoulders that allowed her to live a normal life.
Donor Mom, Melanie Penna, shares the story of her son Anthony, who in his passing gave the gift of life to others. His legacy lives on in the hearts of those who loved him and now even those who never knew him.
Couple meets, falls in love and gets married after bonding over cystic fibrosis and organ donation.