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Writing to Your Donor’s Family

Many transplant recipients want to reach out to their donor’s family to thank them for sharing the selfless gift of organ, eye or tissue donation. Your decision to write a letter can be a healing experience for both you and your donor’s family. 

If you are a tissue or cornea recipient, please refer to the instructions that were provided to you at the time of your transplant to send correspondence to your donor family.

If you received a solid organ transplant, you may send your correspondence through your transplant center or by using the online tool below. Please use the following suggestions as a guide.

If you need further assistance, please call LifeSource at 612-800-6100 or toll-free at 1-888-536-6283 and request to speak to one of our Donor Family Advocates. 

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Sending correspondence to your donor’s family 

Organ recipients may send a greeting card, letter or photos at any time to your donor’s family via your transplant center. Or, you can use our online tool below to submit your letter electronically, which will be forwarded directly to LifeSource, the organization who manages the care of donors and donor families. 

If you prefer to physically mail your correspondence: Place your card or letter in an unsealed, unstamped envelope. Be sure to include your full name and date of transplant on a separate piece of paper. Please place these items into another envelope and mail them to your transplant center. The transplant center staff will then forward it to LifeSource. 

A LifeSource Donor Family Advocate will review your card or letter and will then mail it to your donor family. 

Submit correspondence electronically

If you prefer to send your correspondence electronically, please fill out the form below.

Letter writing FAQs

Have questions?

If you need further assistance writing to your donor’s family,
please call LifeSource at 612-800-6100 or toll-free at 1-888-536-6283.