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Donor to Donor


Donor to Donor


We are devoted...

Donor to Donor is a program devoted to helping patients in need of a kidney transplant to find a compatible donor.

Donors often experience an emotional benefit related to the transplant, according to Transplant Surgeon Arthur Matas. 

National Institutes of Health studies have shown that 95% of donors rated their experience as “excellent” & would choose to donate again if they could!

This One Podcast, Has Changed Lives Forever

Freakonomics Radio by Stephen J. Dubner & WNYC Studios

Ned Brooks - February 25, 2016 Ask Not What Your Podcast Can Do for You

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What Makes a Person Decide to Donate His Kidney to a Stranger? | Ned Brooks | TEDxNatick

It was an ordinary day for a retired businessman until he listened to a podcast and found that the subject resonated with him well beyond anything he could have imagined. The ramification of Ned's decision to make an altruistic donation was initially felt within his immediate family, but ultimately the ripple effects were far reaching and led to personal connections that Ned never could have foreseen. Ned is a retired businessman and newly-minted grandparent who underwent a life-changing experience which led him to create the foundation Donor-to-Donor. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

A Chain of Love by Glenn "Croc" Millar. Alumni Tuck Talks at their recent 2017 Reunion.

A Chain of Love by Glenn "Croc" Millar. Alumni Tuck Talks at their recent 2017 Reunion. Thank you, Glenn for sharing your story and most of all, being a #DonorHERO. We hope more people will step up to the challenge like you did and #DonateLife. Please like & share this video. Even if only one person decides to become a Living Donor after seeing it, what an amazing, life-changing moment that will be! Thank you



Did You Know?

  • There are over 103,000 patients registered and waiting for a kidney.

  • In 2014, there were a total of 17,105 kidney transplants, 11,570 from deceased donors and 5,535 from living donors.

  • 4,270 patients died while waiting for a kidney, and another 3,617 became too sick to receive a transplant.


"Living Donors are happier. I've met a LOT of donors in the last five years and if I had to choose one word to describe them beyond compassionate it would be happy. As moderator of a Facebook support group for donors and potential donors, I'm continually blown away by the inherent joy emanating from each one of them. I know from my own experience there's a euphoria that accompanies the act of living donation which is difficult to explain without sounding a little crazy. I can only liken this heightened sense of peace to the bliss many woman feel after the birth of a child. It just is.”    

- Eldonna Edwards


AUGUST 17, 2017

This is a post on our Facebook page, Margaret became an organ donor and is giving the gift of life!


In The News!  Watch CBS's interview with Jayme as she speaks about the donation, her desire to help others and how she's inspiring other young woman to live generously through her example.


A note from Jayme after her surgery:

Hi Ned, surgery went great and I'm so happy I made the decision to do this! Everything went smooth- mine went off to Pennsylvania and this very same family member donated one back here.  I need a nap but will I will email again later.

Take care, Jayme

Consider donating and save more lives than you realize!

4 Days after surgery!  Looks like Jayme is enjoying her new status 4 days post-op! 

4 Days after surgery!

 Looks like Jayme is enjoying her new status 4 days post-op! 

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Voucher Program

Voucher Program

Donor Connection - VOUCHER PROGRAM

#DonorHERO - Margaret to Richard

This is a very big day for Richard and a big day for Donor To Donor and our constituents. Richard received his kidney today, thanks to a donation by #DonorHERO Margaret McCormick Preto-Rodas, 12 weeks ago, August 2017. Margaret donated her kidney to save Richards life, and we all owe a big shout-out to the National Kidney Registry, (NKR) for the innovation they created to allow Richard to receive his kidney.

The Gift - in the form of a voucher

Margaret gave Richard a “voucher” for a kidney in a future kidney chain, in return for starting a chain of transplants with multiple recipients. The NKR then put together a chain that enabled Richard to receive his kidney in just 12 more weeks. So, rather than one donor giving a kidney to one recipient, the voucher program triggered multiple transplants!

Richard was on peritoneal dialysis for 4 years and hemodialysis for 5 years. He is very lucky – only 35% of the patients survive 5 years on dialysis. If you have interest in learning more about living donation, becoming a #LivingDonor or the “voucher” program, please do contact via our online form or email 

Margaret McCormick Preto-Rodas #DonorHERO to Richard




November 7:

As you know, when I donated my kidney back in August, I did so for a gentleman named Richard. I wasn't a match for him so I started a chain for him. And it's paid off because Richard finally gets his new kidney this Thursday. I'm asking you to keep him (and his donor) in your prayers. ❤❤❤❤  #livingdonationsaveslives #richardsgettingakidney#prayersforrichardandhisdonor #isharedmyspareyoushouldtoo

November 9, AM:

Exactly 12 wks after I donated my kidney on Richard's behalf, it's his turn to get his new kidney. Pls join me in praying that his donor's surgery and his transplant surgery go smoothly today. And pray that their recoveries are quick and without complications. #richardgetshisnewkidneytoday#livibgdonorssavelives #shareyourspare

November 9, PM:

I just received an update from Ned Brooks regarding Richard. His surgery went well and his kidney is happily adapting to its new home. To say I'm excited is an understatement. Pls keep Richard in your prayers as he recovers. And pls pls pls check out the DonortoDonor fb's how I got involved with living donation. ❤ #richardisontheroadtorecovery#imahappyandproudlivingdonor   #shareyourspare #bestholidayseasonevvvvver

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Lynn's Story

Lynn's Story

Lynn needs a Kidney

wife | mother | teacher 

It is an extraordinary act of kindness to consider offering the gift of kidney donation. During this holiday season, I am asking for your kindness on behalf of my wife Lynn.

Lynn is a loving mother, a teacher and would do anything to help others.  I am asking for your support on behalf of Lynn. Help us get the word out. Lynn needs a kidney transplant in order to continue on the journey that she has not finished yet, making a difference in the lives of others.

Lynn Nelson's School Team; Fundraising Kidney Walk

Lynn Nelson's School Team; Fundraising Kidney Walk

The donor evaluation begins with the completion of a health questionnaire. Donors undergo medical and psychosocial evaluations to ensure the safety of the donor. There is no obligation to learn more about donation. To learn more about becoming a living kidney donor or to start the donor process at the University of Minnesota go to this website.

If you wish to complete the donor health evaluation, go to click on the blue button that says “Interested in being a liver or kidney donor?”. You may also contact the Transplant Center by calling, 612‑625‑7010 or 800‑328‑5465.

Patient: Lynn Nelson 05/26/62  Looking for type A or O

SkillsUSA Service Project

Lynn's strong school support Community Service Project The school Lynn works at hosted a project, they selected the National Kidney Foundation as their Community Service Project and conducted a huge walk to get the word out for Lynn!

Lynn's strong school support

Community Service Project

The school Lynn works at hosted a project, they selected the National Kidney Foundation as their Community Service Project and conducted a huge walk to get the word out for Lynn!

Lynn Nelson with Kidney Mascot  Kidney Walk Students planned and worked very hard on fundraising.  Their goal was $500, they ended up collecting $6,019.00!!!

Lynn Nelson with Kidney Mascot 

Kidney Walk

Students planned and worked very hard on fundraising.  Their goal was $500, they ended up collecting $6,019.00!!!

NEWS RELEASE: For SkillsUSA Service Project

For Immediate Release: Oct. 16, 2017

Chapter Advisor: Lynn Nelson

Mounds View High School - MVHS

MVHS SkillsUSA members selected the National Kidney Foundation as their Community Service Project for the SkillsUSA State Championships. Chapter members chose this organization to support their advisor/teacher Mrs. Lynn Nelson who is waiting for a kidney transplant. Chapter members chose to form a team for the 2017 Twin Cities Kidney Walk to walk alongside Lynn’s Kidney Team which is comprised of her family.  The teams combined to make themselves, “SkillsUSA Mounds View High School Lynn’s Kidney Team. Students tie-dyed orange T-shirts for all team walkers to show their team spirit and support. An Orange Day was also dedicated for students and staff to wear orange to show support for Mrs. Nelson.

Students planned and implemented several fundraising activities to raise money. Those activities included: selling pretzel rods, orange beads and having a Class Cash Challenge. Students also posted signs of how to make donations on their Kidney Walk page. The goal was to raise $500. The total raised for SkillsUSA Lynn’s Kidney Team was $6,019.00 making them a top fundraising team. Students educated staff and students about Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) by placing orange Kidney Fact signs around the school.

To read full story click: HERE

If you wish to complete the donor health evaluation, go to click on the blue button that says “Interested in being a liver or kidney donor?”. You may also contact the Transplant Center by calling, 612‑625‑7010 or 800‑328‑5465.

Patient: Lynn Nelson 05/26/62  Looking for type A or O


Abigail Marsh

why are some people so giving?

Abigail Marsh

why are some people so giving?

Why are some people so giving?

Why do some people do selfless things, helping other people even at risk to their own well-being? Psychology researcher Abigail Marsh studies the motivations of people who do extremely altruistic acts, like donating a kidney to a complete stranger. Are their brains just different?


We would like to welcome Abigail Marsh to our Donor to Donor Advisory Board.


Abigail Marsh - Photo by Kuna Malik Hamad.

Abigail Marsh - Photo by Kuna Malik Hamad.

About Abigail Marsh - excerpt from

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program at Georgetown University. I received my PhD in Social Psychology from Harvard University in 2004 and afterward conducted post-doctoral research at the National Institute of Mental Health until 2008.

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Read more HERE

The Fear Factor

My book The Fear Factor will be published October 10th (Basic/Hachette).

The book explores the extremes of human nature–from extraordinary altruism to psychopathy–and what processes in the brain drive extraordinarily good and extraordinarily bad behaviors alike.

Pre-order now on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

To learn more about Abigail Marsh's studies & programs, please visit her website:

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Chelsey Larson, the newest member of our team, welcome!

In early January our new roommate Ellen moved in. It wasn’t long before we found out that our new roommate was a very busy college student. Just how busy she was, most people can’t quite fathom.

Read Chelsey's full story HERE

Tom Naylor - Non-Directed Donor

Donor to Donor is pleased to announce a new member of our team, Tom Naylor.

Tom donated his kidney to a stranger at Mount Sinai in 2011, and he is very excited to be able to help increase the reach of Donor to Donor by working with both patients and potential donors.

View Tom's full story HERE

Wally's Story

In June 2015, I listened to a Freakonomics Radio podcast describing Alvin Roth’s Nobel Prize-winning work in allocating scarce resources, such as kidneys.  It planted a seed; I’ve donated more than 80 pints of blood and had my gallbladder removed without any adverse consequences, so I’m used to giving up regenerating or unnecessary parts of my body.  The seed didn’t germinate, however, until February 2016.  That’s when I heard the follow-up podcast where Ned Brooks described how the initial podcast had inspired him to become an altruistic donor.  The lightbulb clicked on: if he can give a kidney, so can I.  I reached out to Ned.  He patiently answered my questions and encouraged me to proceed.    

Read Wally's full story HERE

Tis better to give than to receive


Suzanne only 3 days after surgery!

Suzanne only 3 days after surgery!

It has been a unusual Christmas season here. I have not really had time to process it all, but on Monday, Dec. 12th, I donated one of my kidneys to someone in Texas. It felt wonderful to share this gift of life at Christmas, and it has been a powerful experience for me to join in a "chain” with other donors. I hesitate to share this news because I don’t want the focus to be on me, but I do want to make people aware that there is a serious need for kidney donations. I am hoping someone will be inspired and will consider going through the process and be able to donate too. Read full article about Suzanne's story HERE


ALVIN E. ROTH - Nobel Prize Winner

Monday, December 5, 2016

The human side of kidney exchange: video from NAS (5 minutes)

This short (5 min) video is the first in a series From Research To Reward  by the National Academy of Sciences about the human side of the benefits from science. It mostly follows a married, incompatible pair through their kidney exchange transplants, as part of a chain organized by the Alliance for Paired Donation (APD).


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Our Clients

Our Clients

Some of our featured clients

(Visit our full list HERE)


Patty is a wonderful person with a kind spirit and a loving nature, you can see that as soon as you look at her.  Patty is a super hard worker, owns her own business and helps care for her family.

Patty is always smiling, even while her own health has so many twits & turns.  She's been on dialysis for almost three years now. 

John A.

John is a great guy and hard worker, always ready with a smile.  He's been on dialysis for two years and had to stop working because of his illness.  

John loves helping others and loves his family, he is hoping for a kidney donor that wants to help him get back to living a full and long life. 

Carolyn S

Carolyn Loves to sing in the Church Choir, loves Gospel Music & Loves doing the Lords work helping others. 

Please find it in your heart to become a donor for Carolyn, you will be helping a truly wonderful & amazing woman that's spent her life helping and mentoring others, let's help her to keep on doing just that!

Richard S

Richard is 62 years old and he’s been on dialysis for 7 years. Even while on dialysis, Richard still works full time in the maintenance department of an office park in Greenwich, CT.

Richard loves music and wants more than anything to be able to get back to a normal life, dialysis free.


Visit our full list of clients HERE

Are you Thinking about donating a kidney? Would you like to for any of our featured clients?
YES! please fill out our form for Donors HERE

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Pairing People

Pairing People

Donor to Donor pairs a patient in need of a kidney transplant with a person who has previously donated a kidney, and the donor becomes the patient’s advocate and champion in the search for a compatible donor for the patient.

This approach is designed to address several hurdles in the patient’s search for a donor and to utilize the experience of the person who has already donated:

  1. Most patients are reluctant to ask strangers for a kidney, and many of them have psychological scars from having compatible family members who decline to make the donation.

  2. The donor advocate has the credibility to talk with potential donors in a way that no one else can, including the medical community.

  3. People who have donated a kidney have a strong desire to stay involved and continue to help where they can.

  4. It is up to each donor advocate to champion his/her paired patient and find a donor.


Would you like to find out more about becoming a Donor?  Are you in need of a Kidney Transplant?  Please fill out our info request form here for either donor interest or patient interest.

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NKF Organ Summit

NKF Organ Summit

White House Organ Summit - June 13, 2016

New Living Organ Donation Collaboration Announced at White House Organ Summit Johns Hopkins University, National Kidney Foundation and Novartis team up to help patients find living donors.  (Direct PDF White House Organ Summit)

June 13, 2016—New York, NY—At the White House Organ Summit today the National KidneyFoundation (NKF) announced a new collaboration with Johns Hopkins University and Novartis to nationally launch the Live Donor Champion Program. Developed by transplant surgeon Dr. Dorry Segev at Johns Hopkins University, the Live Donor Champion Program aims to overcome common barriers to finding a living kidney donor—a need for more education about living donation; and are luctance to start a conversation about donation among transplant candidates.

Read More HERE

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First Sponsored Pairing!

First Sponsored Pairing!

SUCCESS!   PRESS RELEASE - June 24, 2016

Donor to Donor Celebrates First Sponsored Pairing of Patient Needing Kidney and Altruistic Donor at New York City Transplant Center

It's no secret that it can be very difficult for a patient needing a kidney to find a compatible donor.  Stepping up to help is Donor to Donor, a program dedicated to helping patients speed up the process of finding a donor and avoid many traditional difficulties.  The program recently celebrated their first sponsored pairing of patient and altruistic donor paving the way for many more to come.

June 24, 2016

With well over 103,000 patients waiting for a kidney, it's clear there's a great demand not only for donors, but also for organizations that can help the process move along more quickly by helping putting together patient and donor connections.  Donor to Donor is a new program approaching these issues in an energetic and innovative way.  Recently, Donor to Donor announced the completion of its first sponsored pairing of a patient in need of a kidney and an altruistic donor who came forward to make a kidney donation. The kidney donation and transplant were completed on Thursday, June 23, 2016 by the kidney transplant team at the New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell transplant center in New York City. The kidney recipient is a 47-year old male who had been on hemodialysis for four years. The donor is a 45-year old mother of a young daughter. Both are Connecticut residents and both have reported the experience to be remarkably positive.  In the case of living donors who donate kidneys this reaction is quite common to the experience.  Read full article HERE

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Giving Life

Giving Life