Organ Donation & Transplantation

One organ and tissue donor can transform the lives of many people.

There are thousands of people alive today, because of successful organ transplantations. But there are many thousands more people waiting for this life-saving treatment.

The need for a life-saving transplant knows no boundaries – it affects people regardless of their gender, age, religion or ethnicity.

The World Transplant Games raises public awareness of the importance and benefits of organ donation by demonstrating the health and fitness that can be achieved post-transplant. Our athletes are ambassadors for the value of organ donation, striving towards full rehabilitation through exercise, camaraderie and healthy living, and giving hope to people on transplant waiting lists all around the world. The World Transplant Games offers recipients a way of saying ‘thank you’ to those who made it all possible – living and deceased donors, their families, health professionals, researchers and carers.  Without them, there would be nobody on the starting line.

Addison - World Transplant Games Athlete
People currently waitlisted for a life-saving transplant.
People are on dialysis and may benefit from a kidney transplant.

In Germany today, there are around 8,500 people currently waitlisted for a life-saving transplant. An additional 80,000 people are on dialysis and may benefit from a kidney transplant.

Every German may one day have the chance to save lives. We ask everyone to take two simple steps:

  1. If you want to be a donor, make sure you tell your family.
  2. Register to be a donor in Germany. Registering is easy and only takes a minute.

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