Living donor Susan Dubuque discusses her decision to become a living donor
One person can make a big difference.
When VCU Health’s Hume-Lee Transplant Center celebrated its 60th anniversary two years ago, advertising executive Susan Dubuque received a valuable education. To help the transplant hospital tell its story, she spoke with many individuals who had been affected by organ donation, including recipients, living donors and donor families. Suddenly, the idea of more than 100,000 people on a waiting list didn’t seem so daunting. She could now attach faces and experiences to what seemed to be an overwhelmingly high number. It helped her realize she could do something, and the person she ultimately helped was someone she had never met.
Learn more about living donation
- How does it work? Understanding living donation
- Living donation resources for patients on the OPTN
- Quick facts from Donate Life America
Resources and advocacy
- Overcoming the financial obstacles to living donation
- More financial aid programs
- Donate Life WELD (We Encourage Living Donation), a community-based, peer-to-peer program, brings together living donors and professionals around living donation.
- Help promote living donation by becoming a UNOS Ambassador.
Policy and professional resources
- Living donation guidance documents for transplant programs and living donation toolkits.
- Guidance for transplant hospitals on use of social media to find living donors.
- Learn about the Living Donor Committee and read the OPTN policy.
- Paired donation programs:
- Kidney Paired Donation Pilot Program
- UNOS Labs Liver Paired Donation Pilot Program