The donor's family
After you receive a kidney from a cadaveric donor, you may wish to thank the donorís family for consenting to organ donation. In the midst of their own tragedy, they made a generous gift that enabled others to live. 

Although you will not know the familyís name, you

Thank you
can write a letter or send a card anonymously through your transplant coordinator, who will send your letter to the organ procurement organization. The OPO, in turn, will forward your letter to the donorís family. 

Each transplant recipient may find a way to express gratitude for this second chance at life.  Some have honored their donor by planting a tree, giving their U.S. Transplant Games medal to their donorís parents, or by writing a poem.

Begin learning about kidney transplantation here
Your organs do many things to keep you healthy If your organs don't work, you may need to have a transplant To get a transplant, you have to be tested You can't have a transplant unless someone donates an organ You can't have a transplant unless someone donates an organ You will have to have surgery to place the new organ into your body Most people feel much better after having a transplant Taking care of your new organ will help you feel healthy for years to come Home