LKDN develops the first national campaign to educate the public about the need for Living Kidney Donors
Unlike the successful governmental programs that have educated the public about the need to register to be an organ and tissue donor, the public is unaware of the need for living kidney donors.
To learn more about the LKDN Fraternal Education Initiative click here.
If you are looking for a living kidney donor click here to watch a recent webinar titled: Having Your Donor Find YOU!!
Developing Your Kidney Kampaign. Click HERE
The Living Kidney Donors Network is a not-for-profit organization whose primary Mission is to educate people who need a kidney transplant about the living donation process and to prepare them to effectively communicate their need to family members and friends.
In the past 10 years the kidney transplant waiting list has doubled to over 90,000 people and many wait more than 5 years for a kidney transplant. There have been fewer deceased donations in 3 of last 4 years…and number of living donors was lower in 5 of last 6 years, both are troubling statistics.
The LKDN also trains dialysis and transplant social workers on how they can help their patients pursue living donation.
The LKDN Community Outreach Initiative educates the public about the overwhelming need for kidney transplants and the positive impact that living kidney donation is having. This program is facilitated by volunteers, recipients and donors who want to help the LKDN achieve their goals.
Watch The Search and the Gift
John Tait, a documentary film student at Columbia College in Chicago was interested in making the public aware of the challenge people face who are in need of a kidney transplant and the generosity shown by a kidney donor. After retiring from the Chicago Bears in 2009 after a 10 year NFL career, John enrolled in film school to follow his other love, documentaries.
This link will take you to John’s documentary titled “The Search and the Gift.”
I know you’ll enjoy this film, it is by far the best one that I’ve seen.
LKDN "Starfish" Donor Appreciation Award
To honor donors, we have created the LKDN “Starfish” Donor Appreciation Award. The award is a hand blown glass Starfish, approximately 5 inches long.
The Starfish is a symbol from a story, (which is included with the gift) where a young man takes starfish that have been stranded on the beach after low tide and throws them back into the ocean before they die. When the young man tells a stranger what he’s doing, the stranger points out that there are miles of beach and thousands of starfish, how can you possibly make a difference. The young man picks up a starfish, runs into the shallow waters and throws it beyond the breaking waves….then comments to the stranger “made a difference to that starfish….”
To read the whole story and to learn more about the LKDN "Starfish" Donor Appreciation Award Click Here