About the National Donate Life Living Donor Registry

National Donate Life Living Donor Registry

In 2021, Donate Life America is launching the National Donate Life Living Donor Registry, a national-reaching living donor registry with the goal of reducing access barriers for prospective living donors.

Everyone registering their decision to be a deceased organ, eye and tissue donor through the National Donate Life Registry, RegisterMe.org, will also be offered the opportunity to register their interest in being a living kidney donor.

The Donate Life Living Donor Registry is being generously funded by the Fresenius Medical Care Foundation, and DLA is working with key partners including: United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), LifeLogics, CareDx, and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF).

To learn more, read our press release announcing the National Donate Life Living Donor Registry.

The Need

A living donor is an option for patients who otherwise may face a lengthy wait for an organ from a deceased donor. To spare an individual a long and uncertain wait, relatives, loved ones, friends, and even individuals who wish to remain anonymous may serve as living donors.

Kidney and liver transplant candidates who are able to receive a living donor transplant can receive the best quality organ much sooner, often in less than a year.

  • More than 100,000 people are on the national transplant waiting list.
  • More than 85% of patients waiting are in need of a kidney.
  • 11% of patients waiting are in need of a liver.
  • In 2020, 5,700 more lives were saved through the generosity of living donors.