Kidney transplant chains enable willing donors to give kidneys to strangers as long as they’re a good match. Now Megyn Kelly welcomes some of the many members of a transplant chain that’s 46 donors long, and still growing. Watch as kidney recipients meet the donors who gave them a new lease on life for the first time.
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It was an ordinary day for a retired businessman until he listened to a podcast and found that the subject resonated with him well beyond anything he could have imagined. The ramification of Ned's decision to make an altruistic donation was initially felt within his immediate family, but ultimately the ripple effects were far reaching and led to personal connections that Ned never could have foreseen. Ned is a retired businessman and newly-minted grandparent who underwent a life-changing experience which led him to create the foundation Donor-to-Donor. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
A Chain of Love by Glenn "Croc" Millar. Alumni Tuck Talks at their recent 2017 Reunion. Thank you, Glenn for sharing your story and most of all, being a #DonorHERO. We hope more people will step up to the challenge like you did and #DonateLife. Please like & share this video. Even if only one person decides to become a Living Donor after seeing it, what an amazing, life-changing moment that will be! Thank you
A note from Jayme after her surgery:
Hi Ned, surgery went great and I'm so happy I made the decision to do this! Everything went smooth- mine went off to Pennsylvania and this very same family member donated one back here. I need a nap but will I will email again later.
Take care, Jayme
In the US, over 100,000 people desperately need a kidney. Each year, Kidney disease kills 2 million Americans - 28 times the number who die from breast and prostate cancer combined.
Did you know that YOU can donate your spare kidney to save the life of a stranger, because you only need one of them?
Even if you're a registered organ donor, fewer than 1 in 500 donors die in a way that allows organs to be transplanted.
100,000 people need this life-saving transplant, but each year fewer than 200 people donate their kidney to a stranger- That's fewer than the number of astronauts who have been to the International Space Station. Why? Because there's one thing people DON'T know: Your donation could save multiple lives.
Though thousands of people receive donations from friends or family every year, many others don't have a match; this leaves a "chain" of matched pairs waiting on your donation to set off the reaction for the chain to start!
Living kidney donation is the gift of life and is entirely paid for by the recipient's insurance.
Think about it, consider saving a life and #shareyourspare!
why are some people so giving?
why are some people so giving?
Why do some people do selfless things, helping other people even at risk to their own well-being? Psychology researcher Abigail Marsh studies the motivations of people who do extremely altruistic acts, like donating a kidney to a complete stranger. Are their brains just different?
I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program at Georgetown University. I received my PhD in Social Psychology from Harvard University in 2004 and afterward conducted post-doctoral research at the National Institute of Mental Health until 2008.
Read more HERE
The book explores the extremes of human nature–from extraordinary altruism to psychopathy–and what processes in the brain drive extraordinarily good and extraordinarily bad behaviors alike.
To learn more about Abigail Marsh's studies & programs, please visit her website:
This is a very big day for Richard and a big day for Donor To Donor and our constituents. Richard received his kidney today, thanks to a donation by #DonorHERO Margaret McCormick Preto-Rodas, 12 weeks ago, August 2017. Margaret donated her kidney to save Richards life, and we all owe a big shout-out to the National Kidney Registry, (NKR) for the innovation they created to allow Richard to receive his kidney.
Margaret gave Richard a “voucher” for a kidney in a future kidney chain, in return for starting a chain of transplants with multiple recipients. The NKR then put together a chain that enabled Richard to receive his kidney in just 12 more weeks. So, rather than one donor giving a kidney to one recipient, the voucher program triggered multiple transplants!
Richard was on peritoneal dialysis for 4 years and hemodialysis for 5 years. He is very lucky – only 35% of the patients survive 5 years on dialysis. If you have interest in learning more about living donation, becoming a #LivingDonor or the “voucher” program, please do contact via our online form or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As you know, when I donated my kidney back in August, I did so for a gentleman named Richard. I wasn't a match for him so I started a chain for him. And it's paid off because Richard finally gets his new kidney this Thursday. I'm asking you to keep him (and his donor) in your prayers. ❤❤❤❤ #livingdonationsaveslives #richardsgettingakidney#prayersforrichardandhisdonor #isharedmyspareyoushouldtoo
Exactly 12 wks after I donated my kidney on Richard's behalf, it's his turn to get his new kidney. Pls join me in praying that his donor's surgery and his transplant surgery go smoothly today. And pray that their recoveries are quick and without complications. #richardgetshisnewkidneytoday#livibgdonorssavelives #shareyourspare
I just received an update from Ned Brooks regarding Richard. His surgery went well and his kidney is happily adapting to its new home. To say I'm excited is an understatement. Pls keep Richard in your prayers as he recovers. And pls pls pls check out the DonortoDonor fb page....it's how I got involved with living donation. ❤ #richardisontheroadtorecovery#imahappyandproudlivingdonor #shareyourspare #bestholidayseasonevvvvver
In early January our new roommate Ellen moved in. It wasn’t long before we found out that our new roommate was a very busy college student. Just how busy she was, most people can’t quite fathom.
Donor to Donor is pleased to announce a new member of our team, Tom Naylor.
Tom donated his kidney to a stranger at Mount Sinai in 2011, and he is very excited to be able to help increase the reach of Donor to Donor by working with both patients and potential donors.
It has been a unusual Christmas season here. I have not really had time to process it all, but on Monday, Dec. 12th, I donated one of my kidneys to someone in Texas. It felt wonderful to share this gift of life at Christmas, and it has been a powerful experience for me to join in a "chain” with other donors. I hesitate to share this news because I don’t want the focus to be on me, but I do want to make people aware that there is a serious need for kidney donations. I am hoping someone will be inspired and will consider going through the process and be able to donate too. Read full article about Suzanne's story HERE
This short (5 min) video is the first in a series From Research To Reward by the National Academy of Sciences about the human side of the benefits from science. It mostly follows a married, incompatible pair through their kidney exchange transplants, as part of a chain organized by the Alliance for Paired Donation (APD).
Patty is a wonderful person with a kind spirit and a loving nature, you can see that as soon as you look at her. Patty is a super hard worker, owns her own business and helps care for her family.
Patty is always smiling, even while her own health has so many twits & turns. She's been on dialysis for almost three years now.
John is a great guy and hard worker, always ready with a smile. He's been on dialysis for two years and had to stop working because of his illness.
John loves helping others and loves his family, he is hoping for a kidney donor that wants to help him get back to living a full and long life.
Carolyn Loves to sing in the Church Choir, loves Gospel Music & Loves doing the Lords work helping others.
Please find it in your heart to become a donor for Carolyn, you will be helping a truly wonderful & amazing woman that's spent her life helping and mentoring others, let's help her to keep on doing just that!
Richard is 62 years old and he’s been on dialysis for 7 years. Even while on dialysis, Richard still works full time in the maintenance department of an office park in Greenwich, CT.
Richard loves music and wants more than anything to be able to get back to a normal life, dialysis free.
Would you like to find out more about becoming a Donor? Are you in need of a Kidney Transplant? Please fill out our info request form here for either donor interest or patient interest.