Donation Types

Blood Donation | Bone Marrow Donation | Eye Donation | Kidney Donation | Liver Donation | Living Donation | Pancreas Donation | Tissue Donation | Willed Body Donation

Blood Donation

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.

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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.

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Eye Donation

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.

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Kidney Donation

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). Patient information including brochure, transplant sites videos are available at http://www.unos.org/donation/index.php?topic=kpd.

The Kidney Paired Donation Pilot Program

Is KPD Right For Me?
KPD Success Stories

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Liver Donation

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:

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Living Donation

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:

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Pancreas Donation

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Tissue Donation

To view a fact sheet about type of tissues that can be donated and how they are used, click here. To learn more about tissue donation, visit one of the following links:

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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:

Facilities

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