Gift of Life Donor Program, the non-profit agency serving the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware, is responsible for recovering and distributing organs and tissues used in life-saving and life-enhancing transplants.
Founded in 1974 by the Greater Delaware Valley Society of Transplant Surgeons, Gift of Life is one of the oldest and largest of 48 non-profit, organ and tissue procurement organizations in the United States. Gift of Life is part of the nationwide organ and tissue sharing network run by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).
Gift of Life's staff of more than 200 full and part-time clinical and administrative personnel serve 13 area transplant centers where heart, kidney, liver, lung and pancreas transplants are performed. Gift of Life maintains the registry of men, women and children in the region who are waiting for life-saving organ transplants at these centers.
Currently, there are more than 6,300 patients on the local waiting list for heart, kidney, liver, lung and pancreas transplants.
In addition, Gift of Life coordinates life-enhancing tissue transplants for area residents who are in need of corneas for sight-restoring procedures, as well as skin, tissue and bone to repair injuries. Gift of Life also partners with 161 acute care hospitals to offer families from the state of Delaware, southern New Jersey and the eastern half of Pennsylvania the option of donation.