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Are You Interested in Becoming a Donor?

Please fill out this form & thank you!

A Must Watch - We at Donor To Donor, often post blogs and portraits of living donors, recipients and deceased donors and their families. We never hear much from the surgeons and health care workers who do the transplant surgeries. Here is an amazing 35-minute podcast from NPR that is well worth your time from a transplant surgeon, Joshua Mezrich at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Please give it a listen and share. 


Are you between 13-30 years old?
Have you had a Kidney Transplant?
Do you use social media & apps?

Johns Hopkins Children's Center wants to hear from you.

Click Here for More Info


Johns Hopkins is in the process of building a new digital tool to help with the transplant process. That's where you come in. They want to know more about how teenage and young adult Kidney Transplant recipients use apps and social media.

If you are a kidney transplant recipient, between 13 and 30 years old, or a parent of a transplant recipient, please consider completing and sharing our anonymous survey:  HERE

Visit Johns Hopkins Children's Center Survey Info page directly HERE


We are devoted...

Donor to Donor is a program devoted to ‘Living Kidney Donor Awareness’, the #ShareYourSpare movement is growing and that means, we’re making progress for everyone needing a kidney!

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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!

Have you heard about Officer Phil Roselle and

the battle he’s going through?

Click the picture below to learn more about his story & find out how you could help.

Click on the image above to go to our NDD page for more info.

Click on the image above to go to our NDD page for more info.


-National Kidney Registry- New program gives incentive to kidney donors

A new program allows people to donate organs to a total stranger in exchange for a voucher. That voucher can help a loved one bypass years of waiting on the transplant list, if they are ever in need of an organ. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

Source: CNN

Aired: 08/28/18 | Expires: 10/24/18 | Rating: TV-PG

Transplanting Hope

Season 45 Episode 9 | 53m 43s

NOVA takes you inside the operating room to witness organ transplant teams transferring organs from donors to recipients. Meet families navigating both sides of a transplant, and researchers working to end the organ shortage. Their efforts to understand organ rejection, discover ways to keep organs alive outside the body, and even grow artificial organs with stem cells, could save countless lives.

NKR Gala 2018

Ned Brooks attended the annual gala celebration for donors hosted by the National Kidney Registry. Pictured above are, left to right, Kevin Longing, President of the National Kidney Foundation and kidney transplant recipient, Dr. Joseph Del Pizzo of New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Hospital and surgeon for the donation by both Garet Hil and Ned Brooks, Garet Hil, founder and head of the National Kidney Registry and a non-directed donor, Marian Charlton, living donor coordinator at NYPH Weill Cornell, Ned Brooks, and Dr. David Serur, nephrologist at NYPH Weill Cornell.

Kidney Warrior project raises awareness about living organ donation

3 families help save 6 lives after man diagnosed with kidney disease.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A South Florida woman has made it her mission to spread the word about living organ donation and how people can save a life by donating something they don't really need.

For years, only close friends and family knew that Neil Emmott had kidney disease.  Read More HERE.

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Meet members of a kidney transplant chain 46 donors long (and counting)

Kidney transplant chains enable willing donors to give kidneys to strangers as long as they’re a good match. Now Megyn Kelly welcomes some of the many members of a transplant chain that’s 46 donors long, and still growing. Watch as kidney recipients meet the donors who gave them a new lease on life for the first time.


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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 was 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!




Imagine you're sitting in a boat wearing two lifejackets. You realize a person is drowning in the water next to you. Would you give your extra life jacket to save them? How about your kidney?

“I just thought 'why hadn’t this dawned on me before? I have two healthy kidneys and I can possibly save someone’s life, or at least improve the quality of somebody’s life,” - Rob


Sign up & learn more.

In the US, over 100,000 people desperately need a kidney. Each year, Kidney disease kills 2 million Americans - 28 times the number who die from breast and prostate cancer combined.

Did you know that YOU can donate your spare kidney to save the life of a stranger, because you only need one of them?

Even if you're a registered organ donor, fewer than 1 in 500 donors die in a way that allows organs to be transplanted.

100,000 people need this life-saving transplant, but each year fewer than 200 people donate their kidney to a stranger- That's fewer than the number of astronauts who have been to the International Space Station. Why? Because there's one thing people DON'T know: Your donation could save multiple lives.

Though thousands of people receive donations from friends or family every year, many others don't have a match; this leaves a "chain" of matched pairs waiting on your donation to set off the reaction for the chain to start!

Living kidney donation is the gift of life and is entirely paid for by the recipient's insurance.

Think about it, consider saving a life and #shareyourspare!   


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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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 McCormick Preto-Rodas #DonorHERO to Richard

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 


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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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

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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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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Giving Life

Giving Life