The kidney is the most frequently transplanted organ and also the organ needed the most.
In 2021, there were 24,670 kidney transplants in the U.S. Deceased donors made 18,699 kidney transplants possible. Living donors generously gave to allow an additional 5,971 kidney transplants.
In New York State, more than 7,200 people need a kidney. Nationally, more than 90,000 are waiting. Of those, more than 12,500 have been waiting longer than for more than 5 years to receive a lifesaving transplant.
Living Kidney Donation
The United Network for Organ Sharing has a helpful page with information about the steps to living donation and a listing of transplant centers across the country.
The Regional Center of Excellence for Transplantation and Kidney Care at Erie County Medical Center is where most local residents are listed and receive kidney or kidney/pancreas transplants. Visit ECMC's Living Donor Information page to learn more about their processes, including living donor evaluation, matching and surgery.
National Kidney Donation Organization
The National Kidney Donation Organization (NKDO) is an organization of Living Donors who help mentor those looking to donate a kidney as well as helping those who are in need of a kidney transplant. NKDO provides education and information to prospective living kidney donors. If you are interested in learning more about living kidney donation, please visit their website at www.nkdo.org.
Registering as an organ donor
All New Yorkers age 16 and older can register to save lives by signing up as an organ and tissue donor. By joining the New York State Donate Life Registry, you record your decision to be a donor. Your kindness could save eight lives through organ donation, restore sight with cornea donations and improve 75 more lives with tissue. It is easy to register and you can give someone a second chance at life. Visit https://donatelife.ny.gov/register/ to register as a donor.