A kidney transplant can only happen when a kidney becomes available from
a donor. Kidneys can come from two sources: living and cadaver donors.
Studies have shown that the longevity of kidneys taken from
living donors is better than kidneys from cadaver donors. There
are two designations for living donors: Living-Related and
If a living donation is not available to you, your name can be
put on a waiting list for a kidney from someone who has recently
passed away. These are healthy kidneys that are recovered from
brain dead donors. The family of the person who has died donates
the kidneys for transplant to give someone else the “gift of
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.