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Living Kidney Donors Network

Religious & Fraternal Education Initiative
Educating the Public about the Need for Living Kidney Donors

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Living Kidney Donors Network (LKDN) Religious and Fraternal Education Initiative educates the public about the need for living kidney donors. It is a national volunteer program made up of living donors and transplants recipients.

There are approximately 100,000 people in the U.S. waiting for a kidney transplant. For some, the wait for a deceased donor kidney could be 5 -10 years, which is much longer than the average person could live while on kidney dialysis. Each year 10,000 people from the waiting list either die while waiting or are removed from the list because they are no longer healthy enough to receive a kidney transplant.

Our current effort to solve the problem is almost exclusively focused on encouraging people to register to be an organ and tissue donor in the event of their untimely death. These programs have been successful, but even if every kidney from a deceased donor were used it would not be enough to keep up with the need.

There are many benefits to receiving a kidney from a living donor versus one from a deceased donor, i.e. a kidney from a living donor lasts on average twice as long as one from a deceased donor and medical advances and the drugs recipients take have made it much easier for living donors to be medically compatible with their recipient.

When a kidney donor is not compatible with their recipient they could join a paired exchange. A paired exchange happens when 2 or more incompatible donor/recipient pairs “swap” their donors so each recipient can be transplanted. Paired exchanges, also called swaps or chains, are a major breakthrough in living kidney donations and is revolutionizing living donor transplants by eliminating incompatibility as a barrier to donation. To learn more about paired exchanges click here or go to: http://www.lkdn.org/LKDN_Paired_Exchanges.pdf

There’s another group of kidney donors who learn about the long waiting list and decide to donate a kidney even though they don’t know someone in need. This type of donor is referred to as a non-directed donor. (NDD) When a NDD is part of a paired exchange it is common for them to save more than one life. On average, one NDD saves 5 lives when they donate a kidney in a paired exchange.

If you would like to educate your group or learn more about the LKDN Religious and Fraternal Education Initiative, paired exchanges or how you can be a NDD, contact Harvey Mysel at: harvey@LKDN.org

Harvey Mysel is a 2-time kidney transplant recipient and Founder of the Living Kidney Donors Network, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Harvey has helped hundreds of donors and recipients through the kidney transplant process. Harvey could be reached at: harvey@LKDN.org

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Harvey Mysel, Founder & President

Harvey established the LKDN after recognizing the need for better resources while pursuing a successful living kidney transplant in 2006. Our purpose is to share knowledge and build the confidence to enable the life changing benefits of living donation. Click here to learn more about Harvey.

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