Transplant Mentor Program
How the Program Works
The following groups may participate in the Transplant Mentor Program:
- Organ transplant recipients
- Anyone considering transplantation
- Living organ donors (kidney and liver) and those considering donation
- Family members and/or support persons of transplant recipients or of those considering transplantation
If you are interested in taking part in the UW Transplant Mentor program, please contact the organ-specific program directly and ask to speak to a social worker about the mentor program:
- Heart Transplant: (608) 263-1690
- Lung Transplant: (608) 265-5658
- Living Kidney or Liver Donation: (608) 263-1384
- Kidney or Kidney/Pancreas Transplant: Contact the National Kidney Foundation peer support program at (855) 653-7337 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions after speaking with the NKF representatives, contact UW Health Transplant at (608) 263-1384.
Mentor and Mentee Agreements
All mentors and mentees will need to complete their respective form before participating.
The Mentor/Mentee Relationship
Mentors' real-life stories are an invaluable source of insight and comfort to those still weighing the decision about receiving a transplant or donating an organ. In turn, the mentoring experience provides previous recipients and donors the opportunity to reflect on their experiences and to stay connected with the transplant community.
The UW Transplant Mentor Program links people, by phone or in person, who have already received an organ transplant or donated an organ through living donation, with those who are considering transplant or donation. We believe our patients know better than anyone what transplant is actually like, and can be a valuable source of support, encouragement and information for others going through the process.
About Our Mentors
Our mentors have been chosen for their positive attitude and willingness to share their time and experiences. Mentors come from a variety of ages, religious and cultural beliefs, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds, as well as have unique factors that affected their transplant or donation experience. Each mentor has completed a thorough training program taught by our staff of nurses and social workers. On-going support and guidance is always available to our mentors. Our staff carefully pairs each mentee with a mentor based on factors such as age, gender, race, organ and similar concerns.