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How Can I Find a Living Donor?

If you are one of the thousands of people waiting for a life-saving liver transplant, a living donor could save your life. But asking someone to be your living donor may seem overwhelming. Through UPMC’s Living Donor Champion Program, you can get resources to help you in your search for a living donor.

Living Donor Champion Program

A living donor Champion is a family member, friend, or loved one who takes the lead in finding you a living donor, allowing you to focus on your health. You and your Champion can take advantage of the resources UPMC offers by:

Sharing Your Story

While there are many ways you and your Champion can find a living donor, the most important thing is to share your story. There are multiple platforms to use when sharing your story. The more ways you share, the more likely you are to find a living donor. We encourage you to use:

  • Social media
  • Word-of-mouth
  • Social settings
  • UPMC Living Donor Champion Support Group
  • UPMC Living Donor Information Sessions

Living Donor Champion Ambassador

If you’re not sure where to start, you can reach out to UPMC’s Living Donor Champion Ambassador, Donya McCoy. After becoming her daughter’s Champion, Donya now helps those in search of a living donor by guiding them through the transplant process, providing tips and advice for sharing your story.

She is available to speak personally with patients and Champions. Contact her at 412-389-7606 or

Learn More About Living Donor Champions

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