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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
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).
Needs a Kidney
Needs a Kidney
Meet Peggy. Peggy is as full of life as any 20 year-old, which comes as no surprise since most of her relatives were healthy up to or beyond 100 years. Peggy plays duplicate bridge, is active in her book club and participates in her sorority at UConn, and she is in excellent health apart from her kidneys.
Peggy has polycistic kidney disease, and her kidneys are at the end of their ability to function. She hasn’t taken this situation passively; she has been on the search for a donor through her website and her Facebook page. Not ready to stop there, she has been featured on a local Channel 12 broadcast where she was joined by Senator Blumenthal, written about by her alma mater here, and showcased in the local newspaper.
Peggy’s website is http://www.kidneyforpeggy.com/ and her Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/margaret.karbovanec . Seriously, folks, anyone who is this proactive for herself deserves the chance to really enjoy the next thirty years of her active life. Please share this post and let’s see what we can make happen for Peggy, thank you.
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Ravi is a 41 year old man and lives in Santa Monica, California. At the age of 28, after a year long struggle with the autoimmune disease called Granulamotosis with polyangitis he moved to Hong Kong where he and his brother worked in a fashion manufacturing business. At the age of 39, Ravi was hit with Septic Shock at which point he realized a life style change was required, so he stopped working and moved to Santa Monica California to study Spiritual Psychology.
Ravi currently resides in Santa Monica, spends a lot of time and effort working with UCLA to raise awareness for Kidney disease, he loves his yoga, walks on the beach and being with friends.
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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.
New Living Organ Donation Collaboration Announced at White House Organ Summit Johns Hopkins University, National Kidney Foundation and Novartis team up to help patients find living donors. (Direct PDF White House Organ Summit)
June 13, 2016—New York, NY—At the White House Organ Summit today the National KidneyFoundation (NKF) announced a new collaboration with Johns Hopkins University and Novartis to nationally launch the Live Donor Champion Program. Developed by transplant surgeon Dr. Dorry Segev at Johns Hopkins University, the Live Donor Champion Program aims to overcome common barriers to finding a living kidney donor—a need for more education about living donation; and are luctance to start a conversation about donation among transplant candidates.
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It's no secret that it can be very difficult for a patient needing a kidney to find a compatible donor. Stepping up to help is Donor to Donor, a program dedicated to helping patients speed up the process of finding a donor and avoid many traditional difficulties. The program recently celebrated their first sponsored pairing of patient and altruistic donor paving the way for many more to come.
June 24, 2016
With well over 103,000 patients waiting for a kidney, it's clear there's a great demand not only for donors, but also for organizations that can help the process move along more quickly by helping putting together patient and donor connections. Donor to Donor is a new program approaching these issues in an energetic and innovative way. Recently, Donor to Donor announced the completion of its first sponsored pairing of a patient in need of a kidney and an altruistic donor who came forward to make a kidney donation. The kidney donation and transplant were completed on Thursday, June 23, 2016 by the kidney transplant team at the New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell transplant center in New York City. The kidney recipient is a 47-year old male who had been on hemodialysis for four years. The donor is a 45-year old mother of a young daughter. Both are Connecticut residents and both have reported the experience to be remarkably positive. In the case of living donors who donate kidneys this reaction is quite common to the experience. Read full article HERE