\nMany of us spend more time with co-workers than we do with our own families. Work colleagues often become friends who support us and stand ready to lend a helping hand. Erin and Betty are co-workers who shared a life-changing experience.\nAfter learning that Betty was on the liver transplant waiting list, Erin made it her mission to help by becoming Betty\u2019s living liver donor.\nFind out more about living-donor liver donation at UPMC.\u00a0\nWith more than 15,000 people currently on the liver transplant waiting list \u2014 many in desperate need of a transplant \u2014 the need for organ donors grows every day.\nUnfortunately, those who do not have a living donor must wait until a deceased donor organ becomes available. With a living-donor liver transplant, patients like Betty can receive a transplant while they are relatively healthy. Other benefits for living donor organ recipients include faster recovery times and improved long-term outcomes.\nErin realized how urgently her friend needed help and decided to undergo testing to determine if she could donate a portion of her liver to save her friend\u2019s life. Luckily for Betty, Erin was a perfect match.\nRELATED:\u00a0How to Talk to People About Becoming a Living Donor\n\u201cI didn\u2019t realize that my liver could regenerate,\u201d says Erin. \u201cAnd I feel that\u2019s important for people to understand because it allowed me to give a part of myself to Betty.\u201d\nTo help raise awareness of the need for living donors, Erin carried a special liver pillow with her while she ran errands.\nWhen people asked about the pillow, she told her story and encouraged them to become living donors.\n\u201cIt\u2019s another way of making people aware,\u201d says Betty.\nAfter going through the transplant journey together, Erin and Betty agree that living donation has changed their perspective on life. \u201cYou can\u2019t give anything greater than life. And that\u2019s what this is all about \u2014\u00a0life,\u201d says Betty.