Living Kidney Donors Network Mission
To educate people in need of a kidney transplant about living donation and to prepare them to effectively communicate their need to family members and friends.
- The Living Kidney Donors Network encourages physicians to give earlier notice to patients to afford them more time to pursue living donation. This could increase the number of preemptive transplants, transplant performed before someone needs to be on dialysis.
- Develop public awareness campaigns to promote a better understanding about living kidney donation.... The Gift of Love!
To be the leading source of educational and communications training programs to someone interested in pursuing living kidney donation.
To partner with all transplant hospitals and save lives by increasing the number living kidney transplants.
The Growing Need
There are over 80,000 people on the kidney transplant waiting list – and many people wait more than 5 years for a kidney from a deceased donor. The waiting list has doubled in size over the past 10 years - and it continues to grow. Millions of dollars are spent to encourage people to register to be an organ donor in the event of their untimely death. However, only 1% of the deaths result in organs that could be used. Even if all of these organs were able to be recovered, it would not alleviate the shortage. A staggering 4,500 people die every year waiting for a kidney transplant. Many of these individuals were good candidates for a transplant when they were first put on the waiting list.
Nationally, the number of living kidney transplants has decreased in each of the past 4 years. The programs currently in place have not been effective at increasing the number of living kidney donations. Information about living kidney donation is available from many sources; transplant hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, nonprofit organizations and numerous web sites. However, this information is either not reaching the people who need it the most, or does not provide adequate help. Equally important, there isn’t a program available that helps someone communicate their need for a living kidney donation to family members and friends. Fear of speaking about their need is one of the main reasons and hurdles given for not pursuing living donation.