The FAIR Foundation: Working toward a better future for patients
Nearly 20 patients die each day due to a shortage of organs for transplant.

Please help us change public health policy to provide more organs for transplant. Together, we can save lives.

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Focused on five points of life: organs, tissues, marrow, platelets, and blood. Many nonprofit health organizations sponsor blood and marrow drives and organ/tissue sign-ups across the nation. National Donor Day was started in 1998 by the Saturn Corporation and its United Auto Workers partners with the support of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and many nonprofit health organizations.

The First Successful Organ Transplant
On December 23, 1954, Dr. Joseph Murray performed the first successful kidney transplant on Richard Hendrick at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, in Boston, MA. Hendrick received the "Gift of Life" from his identical twin brother, Ronald. That historical, medically ground-breaking surgery set into motion today's rather common-place practice of organ transplantation to save lives and cure disease. 

Today, there are over 130,000 patients on the transplant waiting list with over 15 patients added daily.* 
While possible to save all those lives on the waiting list, many will die waiting for an organ due to our organ shortage crisis.  

On December 23, 1954, Dr. Joseph Murray performed the first successful kidney transplant 

There has never been more than 14,750 donors a year
since that first successful transplant surgery in 1954, despite aggressive campaigns to recruit donors.

Over 11,000 people a year died waiting for an organ
to become available for transplant…
that's one patient death every 48 minutes due to the shortage of organs for transplant.*

Reduce or preferably eliminate the shortage of organs for transplant by promoting change to US organ-donor policy to lift the ban on Financial Incentives (Fi) for living and deceased donors, provide patient and caregiver support through our transplant support group, and change government spending of research dollars to a more FAIR and equitable distribution for all diseases.

Richard Hendrick. Hendrick received the

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and donate your money to our fight.

We can't do it without you.

*The US Department of Health and Human Services, Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network:

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More and more people are suffering from chronic kidney failure due to epidemic rates of diabetes, hypertension and other causes. There are over 600,000 patients on dialysis in this country alone. The majority of all patients on the waiting list need a kidney.  Read more about this crisis...

The newly released documentary, THE WARD, shows just how serious the organ donor crisis is and the challenges kidney patients face. Watch trailer here.,,

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Listen to "The Ethics of Compensating Organ Donors.

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the first successful
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