Our mission is raising awareness of the critical need for organ transplant donors through public education and advocating for donors and their families.
Since 1968 The Living Bank has been helping people give the gift of life.
The Living Bank served as the nation’s first organ donor registry in 1968 and the first provider of donor and transplant education in the nation.
That same year Dr. Norman Shumway performed the first adult heart transplant in the United States on January 6th at the Stanford University Hospital. Physicians around the world were beginning to understand that transplantation of human organs was a life-saving medical procedure for many types of organ failure.
Five Houston women, realizing no formal way to donate organs existed, saw a need for a donor registry that would allow medical professionals to match organs with waiting recipients.
Today our focus is living organ donation, due to the dramatic rise of individuals on the national transplant waiting list. There are over 122,000 individuals in the United States waiting for a life-saving organ, of those 82% are waiting for a kidney and 12% are waiting for a liver. That means, potentially 94% of those waiting can be saved now through living organ donation!