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Meet, Allison

When one father desperately needed a new kidney, two teachers from his daughter's school offered to donate their own — sparking a donor chain that saved not only his life, but seven others' lives, too.

"When you are a teacher, you feel like a part of these children’s lives," first-grade teacher Allison Malouf said. "Their daughter was like a child of my own. I didn’t want to see her without a dad... God gives you two kidneys, but you only need one."

- Allison Malouf

Visit Allison’s page HERE


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.

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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.

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-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

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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?

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“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


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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!   




Laura M.


Laura knew, after seeing a Facebook post that she wanted to donate her kidney.

Laura knew, after seeing a Facebook post that she wanted to donate her kidney.



I am one week away from being a non-directed living kidney donor.

I am one week away from being a non-directed living kidney donor.

That is, I am donating one of my healthy kidneys to someone I never met before, someone I don’t know, living several states away. All I know is that he or she needs a kidney in order to live and we are a match!

I will actually be the first person in a 4-person kidney donation chain. This is because my recipient has a friend or relative willing to donate but does not match with him. Therefore, I will be donating to my match, and his friend or relative will donate to someone else on his behalf. This second kidney recipient has a friend or relative who will then donate on to a third person on his behalf and so forth. In total, there will be 8 surgeries, and 4 people who are waiting on the National Kidney Registry (NKR) getting new kidneys. And as for everyone else on the NKR, they will move up 4 spots on the list.

Although this seems ironic, I can’t help but feel that I am getting the better deal in this whole arrangement. Sure, I am giving a stranger one of my healthy kidneys, but I feel like I am getting back so much more. In fact, I don’t know the last time I have done something that seems so self-serving. My friends think I’m crazy and tell me what I am doing is the complete opposite: totally selfless. But, let me explain.

Several months ago I came across a Facebook post my sister shared. It was a plea. A mom was trying to find a kidney for her 16-year old child and time was running out. Having a 16-year old child myself, I was instantly drawn to the post. I started clicking on the links and reading about what it takes to be a kidney donor. As if struck by lightening, I realized, “I can do this!” It seemed like common sense. Not some huge undertaking, but something so necessary and relatively easy to do. I signed up.

In fact, the image that keeps popping up in my head is one of a giant warehouse in the middle of a desert. From wall to wall and up to the ceiling, it is filled with food. Outside the warehouse are people starving but the doors to the warehouse are locked! To me, this image represents all the people dying every day as they wait for a healthy kidney - while busy people walk by them with two healthy kidneys, when they only need one.

I feel I am a perfect candidate. I am 51 years old and not planning on having any more children. I am healthy and fit, working out at Orange Theory Fitness several times a week, snowboarding and playing ice hockey. I have a great support system and a flexible work situation. Having had 6 previous surgeries for sports injuries and c-sections, the idea of another surgery didn’t bother me. If I couldn’t do it, who could? I’ve always admired organ donors and I feel that this is my time to walk this walk.

A few weeks later I got an email saying that the child no longer needed my kidney but asking if I would still be willing to donate. Having already read countless articles and FAQ’s, watched some Ted talks and listened to many stories, I enthusiastically said, “Yes!”

And what did I receive in return? Empowerment. Purpose. Euphoria. Community.

Empowerment. At times I feel completely overwhelmed at the state of the world. The hatred, hunger, fear, violence, a deteriorating environment, the insidious political divisiveness. The problems seem too great for one person or even many people to solve. It can be downright depressing at times. And then I came across this saying: Even if you can’t change the world, you can still change one person’s world. Coincidentally, kidney donation was on my mind. It affirmed my decision to donate a kidney. I felt empowered. I might not be able to change the world, but I could help change one person’s world…or maybe even four.

Purpose. I consider myself privileged. Most importantly, I am healthy. Health privilege is more valuable than all other privileges put together. Plus, I live in an amazing community in Park City, Utah. It’s a ski town with limitless access to the outdoors all year round, wonderful schools, friendly happy people. I have a great job as a Mountain Host at Park City Mountain Resort, snowboarding much of the day. I am married and have two awesome kids, a dog, two cats, a bearded dragon and two fish! Life is good. Being grateful for one’s good fortune is important, but I’ve realized that it’s even more important to give back. Giving back gives one a sense of purpose. Donating my kidney, sharing my privilege, has given me a greater sense of purpose and meaning.

Euphoria. I have heard this many times. An unexpected consequence of donating your kidney is a feeling of euphoria. I’ve been told that it’s similar to the feeling of giving birth to a baby. I am a week a way from donating and I already know what they are talking about. You are giving life to someone. It feels good. In fact, just this weekend I was driving home from chaperoning a prom. I was driving up the canyon on I-80 and it was pouring rain. I could hardly see. I was nervous and felt especially protective of my kidneys! After all, my recipient is already aware of the match as he/she is also just one week away from surgery. At this point, I feel as if I am carrying someone else’s baby, someone else’s chance at life.

Community. Probably the most unexpected gift I am receiving from donating a kidney is community. I had no idea there was even a kidney donation community out there. It is full of euphoric people who are empowered and have purpose! I am one week away from donation and I’ve already met so many of these amazing people across the country. I feel a part of something that is big and full of momentum.

Hopefully the transplant is a success. And hopefully I will be able to meet my recipient. And if I do, I will say to him or her: thank you.

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Allison Malouf - Donor Team Member/LIVING KIDNEY DONOR


Visit Allison’s page HERE

The Emmotts' daughter, Mackenzie, with her first grade teacher, Allison Malouf. Malouf volunteered to donate her kidney to help save Neil Emmott's life. "When you are a teacher, you feel like a part of these children’s lives.Their daughter was like a child of my own," she said. Lisa Emmott

The Emmotts' daughter, Mackenzie, with her first grade teacher, Allison Malouf. Malouf volunteered to donate her kidney to help save Neil Emmott's life. "When you are a teacher, you feel like a part of these children’s lives.Their daughter was like a child of my own," she said. Lisa Emmott

When one father desperately needed a new kidney, two teachers from his daughter's school offered to donate their own — sparking a donor chain that saved not only his life, but seven others' lives, too.

Visit Allison’s page HERE

"When you are a teacher, you feel like a part of these children’s lives," first-grade teacher Allison Malouf said. "Their daughter was like a child of my own. I didn’t want to see her without a dad... God gives you two kidneys, but you only need one."

The above article is from Today Parents. To read the full article directly at Today Parents, please visit HERE

The following article is an excerpt from Today Parents.

To read the full article directly at Today Parents, please visit HERE


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