Here’s Why I Became an Organ Donor

Every 10 minutes someone is added to the national transplant waiting list. Here are six stories of those who saved lives by donating an organ.

A photo of Peter McKay and his daughter walking through an apple grove

For people waiting for an organ transplant, each day is an exercise in hope. That’s because every 10 minutes someone is added to the national transplant waiting list. As of April 2019, 113,759 people were on the list. But because of a shortage of organ donors, 20 people on the list die each day. It is possible, however, to significantly reduce this number, as one organ donor has the potential to save eight lives.

The special people below are among those who have become living donors, giving the ultimate gift of life by donating a portion of their livers or a kidney to family, friends, even strangers in need. These liver donations occurred at the NewYork-Presbyterian Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation. These life-changing surgeries took place at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

Their reasons for becoming living donors range from a deep sense of altruism to the call of a sibling clinging to life. As Jared Wohl, 31, who donated part of his liver to his brother Cameron, puts it: “I look at organ donation as an incredible opportunity. If I had the opportunity to go back and do it all over again, I would without hesitation. I think most people who have been through the experience would probably say the same thing.”

Inspired? Learn how to register to be an organ donor.