Thanks to advances in medical science, it is becoming increasingly common to safely donate certain organs while alive – usually a kidney or a portion of one's liver. Although the decision to become a living donor involves careful consideration, living donation offers transplant candidates a potentially life-saving alternative to waiting for an organ from a deceased donor.
In 2015, Donate Life Northwest launched Erase the Wait – a program that provides education to kidney patients about their full range of treatment options. Within Erase the Wait, we offer Transplant Education classes to dialysis patients as well as a peer Mentorship Program for transplant candidates wanting to explore living donation.
If you are interested in learning more about Erase the Wait or joining one of our programs, please visit: www.EraseTheWait.org
Living Kidney Donation Programs in Oregon & Southwest Washington
Donate Life Northwest's Donor Registry is for deceased donation only. If you are interested in being a living donor, it’s important to educate yourself about the donation process, required testing, financial considerations, risks and recovery. Kidneys are the most common organs donated by living donors and most transplant centers in Oregon and SW Washington focus on this type of living transplant. Contact a local transplant center to learn more:
Regional Organ Transplant Centers
Other Living Donation Options
Partial Liver, Lung Lobe, Pancreas, Intestine
Nationally, the number of these donation procedures remains relatively small. Currently, these procedures are not performed in Oregon or Southwest Washington.