Today is Living Donor Day!

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New in 2021, Donate Life America and organizations across the country will celebrate Living Donor Day. Join us on April 7 as we thank living donors for their lifesaving generosity. 

In 2020, there were 5,238 living kidney donors in the U.S.

Last year, living donor Chris Gengo talked about his experience.

Earlier this year, we spoke with living donor John Canestaro and his nephew, Kris Hoyt, who received a kidney from John.

For information on the living kidney donation process at Erie County Medical Center, visit https://www.ecmc.edu/health-services-and-doctors/renal-care-kidney-and-pancreas/living-donor-information/.

Kidneys aren't the only way living donors can help others. People may also give part of their liver to someone waiting for a second chance at life. Others give the healing gift of birth tissue. Birth tissue includes tissues such as placenta and amniotic membrane. Grafts derived from birth tissue promote natural wound healing.

ConnectLife has a birth tissue donation program in Western New York. Click here for more information.

Donate Life America also has information on the different types of living donation at https://www.donatelife.net/types-of-donation/living-donation/.

Thank you to all living donors for your remarkable generosity!