The FAIR Foundation: Working toward a better future for patients

A FAIR fight that must be won...
Help us change public health policy
to provide more organs for transplant.

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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 134,874 patients on the transplant waiting list with another 16 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.*

FAIR's MISSION
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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*The US Department of Health and Human Services, Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network: http://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov

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More and more people are suffering from chronic kidney failure due to epidemic rates of diabetes and obesity. There are over 600,000 patients on dialysis in this country alone. 82% of all patients on the waiting list need a kidney.  Read more about this crisis...


Listen to more about 
the first successful
kidney transplant surgery
on 
National Public Radio.

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NEW DOCUMENTARY
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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