There is no substitute for blood. One pint of blood can save several lives. Red blood cells carry oxygen to the body's organs and tissues. Platelets promote blood clotting. Cancer, transplant, trauma, and surgery patients are a few reasons why blood donation is important and it does save lives. To learn more about blood donation contact your local Red Cross office or visit The Red Cross website.
Bone Marrow Donation
Patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases may be treated by a bone marrow transplant. Bone marrow transplant is a type of living donation. For many of these patients, a transplant may be the best and only hope of a cure. To learn more, visit one of the following links:
In addition, visit the following sites to learn more about being a bone marrow donor and bone marrow transplants.
Corneal transplants are the oldest and most successful tissue transplant procedure. Many diseases can cause the cornea (the eye's front 'windowpane') to become cloudy resulting in poor vision or total blindness.
- Whole globe donation allows the eye bank to provide the white part of the eye for use in patients who have had their whole eye removed due to injury or disease.
- The lens and other structures of the eye can be used for Saving Sight research.
- To learn more about eye donation or how to become an eye donor, visit the following links:
Kidney transplants are the most common organ transplant in the United States. Kidneys fail due to diseases such as diabetes or high blood pressure (hypertension). A kidney transplant can eliminate the need for dialysis and is life-saving. Learn more. For brochures about kidney donation, click here.
Kidney Paired Donation
Kidney paired donation (KPD) is a transplant option for candidates who have a living donor who is medically able, but cannot donate a kidney to their intended candidate because they are incompatible (i.e., poorly matched). Check at your transplant facility for the opportunity for a paired donation, if your living donor isn’t a match. Additional information including a brochure and KPD related videos can be found at: https://www.unos.org/donation/kidney-paired-donation/.
Is KPD Right For Me?
KPD Success Stories
- Success Story - Jodi
- Success Story - Letty
- Success Story - Virginia
- Success Story - Ken & Val
- Success Story - Randy & Joan
The liver can begin to fail from a number of reasons including cancer and hepatitis. Liver transplants are life-saving. To learn more about liver donation visit one of the following links:
Living donation offers an alternative for individuals awaiting transplantation from a deceased donor and increases the existing organ supply. To learn more, click one of the following links:
- Matching Donors
- Living Donation - directed donation, non-directed donation and paired donation
- Transplant Living
- Living Donation Facts
- Living Donation Types
- Discussing Living Donation with Family & Friends
- Donate Life America
Lung transplants are performed on patients who have a diseased or failing lung. The transplant replaces the diseased or failing lung with a healthy lung. To learn more visit:
To learn more about tissue donation, visit one of the following links:
- Medical Applications of Donated Tissues for Transplantation
- Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, dba MTF Biologics
- National Foundation for Transplants
Willed Body Donation
There are several Willed Body programs. Each program differs slightly. It is best to call and prearrange any gifts of body donation to science, research or education. Questions to ask when choosing a facility:
- How is donated tissue used?
- Who must pay the transportation costs?
- Is organ donation allowed with body donation?
- Is there an option to receive cremated remains?
- Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
1750 Independence Avenue
Kansas City, Missouri 64106-1453
Packet: Gift of Body Donation PacketGift of Body Donation Packet for Next of Kin
- Kansas University School of Medicine
Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
Mail Stop 3038
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
- Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
A.T. Still University
800 W. Jefferson Street
Kirksville, MO 63501
Forms: Gift of Body Donation Forms
- Logan College of Chiropractic
1851 Schoettler Road
Chesterfield, Missouri 63017
- Saint Louis University
Center for Anatomical Science and Education
1402 S. Grand Boulevard, Room M 306
St. Louis, MO 63104
- University of Missouri School of Medicine
Gift of Body Program
Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences
M263 Medical Science Building
One Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO 65212
Packet: Gift of Body Donation Packet
- Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
660 S. Euclid Avenue, Campus Box 8108
St. Louis, MO 63110
Form: Gift of Body Donation Form