1. Comedian George Lopez received a kidney transplant from his then wife, Ann, in 2005, Lopez told Katie Couric in an interview on her show. The couple is now divorced.
2. NBA star Sean Elliott, #32 of the San Antonio Spurs, suffered from kidney disease and in 1999 received a kidney donated by his brother. With his return to the Spurs in 2000, he became the first professional athlete to return to a sport following a kidney transplant, according to USA Today . His number has since been retired.
3. Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney had five heart attacks, open heart surgery and a battery-operated heart pump, according to CNN. Cheney received a heart transplant in 2012 at the age of 71. The former vice president told CNN's Sanjay Gupta he had a secret letter of resignation ready during the entire time he was in office because of his condition and what he saw as a gap in the U.S. Constitution that wouldn't allow an incapacitated vice president to be removed from office.
4. Legendary motorcycle stuntman Evel Knievel received a liver transplant in 1999 after nearly dying from Hepatitis C he probably contracted from a blood transfusion following a stunt-related injury, according to ESPN .
5. Mandy Patinkin suffered from the eye disease Keratoconus and received two corneal transplants between 1997 and 1998, according to USA Today .
6. While accepting a Lifetime Achievment Award on stage during the 2006 Oscars, Director Robert Altman announced he was only alive thanks to a heart transplant 11 years prior, according to Hollywood.com . He joked that because his heart was so young, he shouldn't be eligible for the award just yet.
7. Safety Kenny Easley #45 of the Seattle Seahawks was forced to retire because of kidney ailments and received a kidney transplant in 1990, according to an article on the Seahawks website.
8. Actor Larry Hagman, best known for his role as J.R. Ewing on the television show Dallas, learned in 1992 he had cirrhosis of the liver. He told People Magazine he had been a heavy drinker up to that point. Hagman quit drinking and received a life-saving liver transplant in 1995.
9. Former Pennsylvania governor, Robert P. Casey announced in June 1993 that he needed a heart and liver transplant. Within hours of making the announcement doctors found a match, leaving many to question if favoritism played a role, according to BusinessWeek Archives .
10. Actor Gary Coleman, best known for his role as on Diff'rent Strokes and the resulting catchphrase "What'chu talkin' 'bout, Willis," suffered from a kidney condition which stunted his growth, according to CNN . He underwent a kidney transplant at the age of 5 and after that kidney started to fail, underwent a second transplant at the age of 14.