National Donor Memorial

Jill, living kidney transplant recipient, with Jon Lee, kidney donor and recipient of the 2021 National Donor Memorial Award for Excellence

2021 National Donor Memorial Award for Excellence winner announced

Located at United Network for Organ Sharing, the National Donor Memorial honors America’s organ and tissue donors. Funded entirely by private contributions, the 10,000-square-foot memorial garden was designed by a volunteer committee of donor family members, living donors and transplant recipients from across the country.

The memorial symbolizes the emotional journey experienced by donor families during the donation process.

Launch the full-screen virtual tour

Visit in person

Visit and tour the garden and UNOS headquarters

Connecting donor families and recipients

Sometimes donor families and recipients choose to contact one another. While the decision to share your experience is a personal choice, many donor families and recipients find comfort in correspondence. How to reach out.

Donor tributes

Honor an organ donor by sharing an online tribute of their life’s special moments, accomplishments, and precious memories with family and friends. View tributes or share a donor tribute story through the links below.

Wall of names

See the section key to locate names on the wall

The National Donor Memorial Award for Excellence

Established by UNOS in 2010, The National Donor Memorial Award for Excellence honors “unsung heroes” who have gone above and beyond in promoting organ donation in their community. Like the Donor Memorial itself, the award acknowledges that no transplant takes place without the donor.


UNOS has awarded Jonathan “Jon” Lee the 2021 National Donor Memorial Award for Excellence in recognition of his advocacy for living kidney donation. “It’s not often that you get to take a part of yourself, physically, and give it to somebody else so that they may live a more abundant life,” says Lee.

Jon Lee, 2021

Tom and Susan Robinson, 2020

Jim Gleason, 2019

Terry Murray, 2018

Alejandra Cortes, 2017

Harvey Steele, 2016

David and Susan Caples, 2015

Barbara Lee, 2014

Patty Jo Herndon, 2013

Tom Gano, 2012

National Tree of Life

The National Tree of Life virtual event is an opportunity to gather together to recognize the gift of organ, eye and tissue donation, to pay tribute to donors and their families, and to celebrate the lives of recipients across the country. We also hope this event may be a moment of solace for friends and families who are grieving, and for all who may experience a greater sense of loss during the holidays.

United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and Donate Life America (DLA) invite you to join us for the National Tree of Life virtual event on December 16, 2021 at 5 p.m. EST. Learn more and RSVP for the event here.

To view the 2020 National Tree of Life event during which we shared stories and honored the legacy of donors in each state who gave the gift of life in 2020 and celebrated the thousands of lives they saved, open the toggle below.

2020 event recording



Stories of Hope

Recognition of Donors - By State

Closing Song, The Gift

In years past, the program provided an opportunity for families to hang an ornament of their choosing on the Tree of Life in memory of their loved ones. Many of those ornaments can be seen here.

Make a gift to the National Donor Memorial

Your gift supports the 10,000 square foot memorial garden located in Richmond, Virginia dedicated to organ donors nationwide, as well as programs and activities supporting education, tours and memorial celebrations. Give now.

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