National Donate Life Month

Lorena, altruistic kidney donor, with Monique, her kidney's recipient.
Lorena (left), an altruistic kidney donor, with Monique, her kidney's recipient. Read Lorena's story and other transplant patient stories.

Save a life. Become a donor.

More than 120,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant in the United States. One organ donor can save up to 8 lives and one tissue donor can improve the lives of up to 50 people.

During April — which is National Donate Life Month — and throughout the year, Sharp HealthCare encourages San Diegans to learn about organ transplantation and to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor. The heart, liver, pancreas, kidneys, lungs and intestines are all transplantable organs. Examples of tissues that could save or enhance someone's life include eyes/corneas, heart valves, bones and skin grafts.

A national leader in transplantation, Sharp offers a variety of programs, classes services that make it easier for you to understand the entire process. Whether you're interested in becoming a blood donor, an organ donor or simply want information on organ transplants, Sharp has the resources to help answer all of your questions and ease any anxieties you may have.


Classes and Events

  • Kidney Transplant Education Seminar
    These free seminars are designed for potential kidney and pancreas recipients and their families. Classes are held every two weeks, alternating between Tuesday and Wednesday. All are welcome to attend.

Patient Stories


Helpful Resources

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For More Information
To learn more about Sharp's transplant services or to find a Sharp-affiliated physician, search for San Diego doctors or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm. To find general information about transplant, visit Transplantation in Adult Health or read the Transplant News archive.