Donor Alliance encourages communication between the families of donors and transplant recipients. Many families find comfort in writing to the people their loved one helped, and making the decision to reach out to your loved one’s recipients is a very personal decision.* The role of Donor Alliance in the communication process is to facilitate written correspondence and to keep the identities of donor family members and the recipient’s confidential until you both decide you are ready to communicate directly.
You may or may not receive a letter from your loved one’s recipient(s), and we urge you to be prepared for either outcome. Just as donor families are not obligated to respond to recipient letters, recipients may chose not to write back. Silence from recipients doesn’t diminish their gratitude for the gift they were given, and in no way does it lessen the lifesaving impact that your loved one had on them.
There a two ways to write to your loved one’s recipients:
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Aftercare Coordinator at:
Toll free: 888-868-4747