PRESS RELEASE - June 24, 2016
Donor to Donor Celebrates First Sponsored Pairing of Patient Needing Kidney and Altruistic Donor at New York City Transplant Center
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.
“Living Donors are happier,” commented Eldonna Edwards. “I've met a LOT of donors in the last five years and if I had to choose one word to describe them beyond compassionate it would be happy. As moderator of a Facebook support group for donors and potential donors, I'm continually blown away by the inherent joy emanating from each one of them.”
According to Donor to Donor, the program delivers extra value to patients searching for compatible kidney donor by pairing the patient with a person who has previously donated a kidney, and that donor becomes the patient’s advocate and champion in the search for a compatible donor for the patient. This partnership has been shown to help the patient greatly, since their advocate has unmatched credibility when discussing kidney donation possibilities with potential altruistic donors. Having gone through this experience themselves, they can share about the experience in a way not even medical professionals can match.
Donor to Donor was formed in February 2016 by Ned Brooks of Norwalk, CT who donated a kidney himself as a non-directed donor in 2015. The Donor to Donor team includes altruistic donors as well as a kidney and pancreas recipient and a hemodialysis nurse.