Knowledge is power
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. – Dr. Seuss
If you’re thinking about donating a kidney, there are lots of great resources to help you learn more!
The National Kidney Foundation should be your first stop:
Living Donors Online has a cool program that links potential donors with a Living Donor Buddy who has donated a kidney and can advise you through the process:
Sign up to be an organ, tissue or bone marrow donor if you haven’t done it through your driver’s license registration, or learn more about donation:
Have a loved one who needs a kidney, but your blood types are incompatible? (Organ donor matching is the same as with blood donor matching. For example, people with O negative blood can donate to anyone.) Paired donation and/or kidney donor chains can help! You can ask your recipient’s transplant center about their partnerships, as well as:
Alliance for Paired Donation:
National Kidney Registry:
Have a loved one with kidney disease hoping to learn more?
The American Association of Kidney Patients:
There are also Yahoo forums for specific kidney diseases, like the IgA Nephropathy forum:
And the American Transplant Foundation is working to end America’s shortage of human transplant organs: