Our Goal is to provide information on the issue of organ donation and help the efforts to increase the number of registered organ donors. The ability to transplant organs, bone, tissue, bone marrow and more enables people to literally save each other's lives. Life-saving transplants are happening every day around the world - Yet, due to the low number of registered donors, many people are dying as they wait for the organs that can save them.

Founding Family

Howard Romanoff and his family became immersed in the issues surrounding organ donation in 2007, when Howard was diagnosed with Ideopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Five long years later, Howard required a lung transplant and the Romanoff’s faced firsthand the impossibly low numbers on the organ donor registry. Thankfully, Howard received his lungs in time, but many don’t. It was then that the Romanoffs knew they wanted to continue helping the efforts to increase awareness and education of organ donation, with the hope of sharing life to save more lives.


I was diagnosed with Ideopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis in October 2007. I was otherwise healthy and a non-smoker, yet was told to expect the disease to make my lungs fibriotic and that they would stop functioning within 3-5 years, at which point I would require a lung transplant in order to breathe. The timing was accurate and just shy of 4 years after being on oxygen 24/7 for several months, I was placed on the waiting list for a life-saving double-lung transplant. The 6 month wait was filled with the unanswerable question, would I receive the life-saving transplant in time to save my life? The question answered, I had a double lung transplant in August 2011 at NY Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.

I was one of the lucky ones. As my family and I learned more about this debilitating disease, IPF, organ donation and organ transplantation, we learned about the dire shortage of available organs, and the number of deaths as a result of this shortage.

There has been tremendous medical progress in organ transplantation and there are ongoing studies to further refine the surgery, post-operative results and and treatment options. The limiting factor in saving lives is in many cases the lack of organs, due to the low number of registered organ donors.

Throughout the five years of my illness, surgery and recovery we have had continued support and love from a large circle of family and friends. We feel deeply about the strength of this support in helping in my recovery and ability to reach this point where we can now “pay forward” some of what we learned from this experience. Carol, Alexis, and Brett & I, along with our family and friends, have initiated the outreach of ShareLife. We hope this effort with inform and educate others, increase enrollment as organ donors, and provide many others the opportunity to receive life-saving organ and tissue transplants.


Despite continuing efforts at public education, misconceptions and inaccuracies about donation persist. These facts will help you better understand organ, eye and tissue donation.

  • Since the first successful organ transplant in 1954, medical advances in organ donation and transplantation have saved countless lives. Success rates for organ transplants average 80 - 90%, and more than 90% for various types of tissue transplants.

  • Anyone can be potential donor regardless of age, race, or medical history.

  • All major religions in the United States support organ, eye and tissue donation and see it as the final act of love and generosity towards others.

  • Your decision to donate will not interfere with life saving medical care. Organ and tissue donation is only an option after all attempts have been made to save your life and death has been declared.

  • There is no cost to the donor or their family for organ or tissue donation.

  • When you are on the waiting list for an organ, what counts is the severity of your illness, time spent waiting, blood type, and other important medical information, not your financial status or celebrity status.

  • An open casket funeral is possible for organ, eye and tissue donors. Through the entire donation process the body is treated with care, respect and dignity.

  • It is illegal to buy or sell organs in the United States. The system for matching donor organs and potential recipients is regulated by the Federal Government.

  • Let family members know about your decision to become an organ, tissue and eye donor. Only then can they support your decision to Share Life.