If you are on the waiting list for a liver transplant or kidney transplant, a living donor may save your life. But asking someone to be your donor can be a challenge. And how do you find someone who is willing to help? For that, you need a living donor champion.\nA world-renowned health care provider and insurer with Pennsylvania roots. Learn more about UPMC.\nA living donor champion may be a friend, family member, co-worker, or anyone else who is willing to take the lead in helping you find a living donor. They offer support, encouragement, and spread the word as far as they can \u2013 letting people know that you need help.\nRELATED: The Impact of One Organ Donor\nThe Importance of Your Living Donor Champion\nEvery moment spent waiting for a transplant is critical. The sooner you can find a living donor, the sooner you can get off of the waiting list and get back to being healthy. A champion’s role includes:\n\nHelping you find a living donor quickly and before you are too sick\nAllowing you to focus on staying healthy while they focus on finding you a donor\nSharing your story with as many people as possible in hopes of connecting with someone who can help\nOffering support and inspiration as you go through this difficult process\n\nMost likely, a living donor will be someone who you know or are familiar with, and your champion is here to help you find that person.\nRELATED:\u00a0What Is Living-Donor Liver Transplant Surgery?\nHow Does the Champion Find a Donor?\nTo find your living donor, you will help your champion gather all of the information they need to share. Here is what they will need:\n\nYour story and why you need help\nYour blood type and any other relevant information surrounding your condition\nGeneral facts and information about living donation\n\nWith this information, there are multiple ways they can reach potential donors, including:\n\nSocial Media \u2013 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social sites can be great ways for your champion to connect with and reach possible donors.\nWord-of-mouth \u2013 Whether it’s the occasional phone call with a family member or friend or bumping into someone familiar at the grocery store, any time spent with someone is another chance for the champion to share your story.\nSocial settings \u2013 Regular gatherings, such as book clubs, recreational sports leagues, church groups, and other community-based gatherings are places your champion can look to find a suitable donor.\n\nWith the help and support of a champion, you can start connecting with people who may be able to save your life. If you have questions about living donation, or what it takes to become a donor, please visit the UPMC Transplant Services website.