Annual Donor Sabbath Means More Lives Shared

Joyce Doty became a living donor when she learned a fellow church member needed a transplant.


All major religions in the U.S. support donation as an act of love, charity and generosity, and that fact is reinforced during National Donor Sabbath, observed November 10-12 and throughout the holiday season. During Donor Sabbath, people of all faiths work together to teach donation as a true act of compassion. Many congregations host donor registry drives; and organize prayer chains, meal deliveries and medical appointment transportation.


UW Health has witnessed a growing number of donors coming forward because of their faith, or connection someone in need of a transplant through their religious community. About ten percent of UW Health’s living donor transplants result from connections and donation messages at faith-based organizations. Even faith leaders and their family members are volunteering to serve as living donors.


In 2016, a three-way paired kidney exchange was performed at UW Health that started with Joyce Doty’s (pictured above) decision to become a living donor when she learned her fellow church member, John Babbitt, needed a transplant. While Joyce and John are from Indiana, the other two recipients and living donors are from Wisconsin, including a pair of friends from the Green Bay area and a father and daughter from the Madison area. That daughter is John’s donor.


Read about this six-way kidney exchange