Waiting for a Transplant

We understand that waiting for an organ transplant can be difficult. You are not alone. More than 100,000 people in the United States are on the waiting list for various types of transplants.

How long someone waits depends on a number of factors, including the type of organ needed. While you’re waiting there are things that you can do to help promote donation for your benefit as well as that of others.

While LifeShare cannot guarantee participation in fundraisers for transplant candidates, we are happy to provide limited supplies for these events. Below are some suggestions of things you can do to help increase the number of people who register as donors and give hope to people like you who are waiting:

  • Ask your employer to conduct a donor drive at your place of business. It can be as simple as sending out an e-mail to all employees with a pro-donation message, which we can help you write.
  • Schedule a presentation on donation at your school, church or civic group.
  • Buy a Donate Life NC license plate at the DMV.
  • Send an e-mail message or letter to your family and friends encouraging them to register as donors.
  • Look for opportunities to promote donation in your community. If there are special events coming up such as a health fair or parade, invite LifeShare to participate. (We cannot guarantee participation.)

Questions on what to expect while you’re waiting, life after transplant, etc. can be answered by visiting www.TransplantLiving.org.

There are also support groups for people in the region that help family members as well as patients.