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Living Kidney Donors Network

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

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

There are 100,000 people in the U.S. waiting for a kidney transplant. For some, the wait for a deceased donor kidney could be up to 10 years. Each year 10,000 people from this group die while waiting or are removed from the list because they are no longer healthy enough to receive a kidney transplant.

In the United States, our current effort 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, however there will never be enough deceased donor kidneys available to keep up with the need. The number of living donor transplants has decreased in 8 of the past 12 years. The primary reasons given for this reduction is lack of knowledge about living kidney transplants. You probably know about registering to be an organ and tissue donor but know very little about living kidney donation.

There are many benefits to receiving a kidney from a living donor versus one from a deceased donor. The most obvious is that a kidney from a living donor lasts on average twice as long as one from a deceased donor. Medical advances and drugs have made it much easier for someone to be a compatible donor. In the past, living donors needed to be a close relative. Now, it’s more common that a living donor is not related to their recipient.

There’s a growing trend of people 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). Medical technology and kidney paired donations, also called paired exchanges, swaps or chains, results in one NDD being able to save 5 lives, not just one. To learn more about paired exchanges click here or go to: www.lkdn.org/LKDN_Paired_Exchanges.pdf.

If you would like to learn more about the LKDN Religious and Fraternal Education Initiative or being a NDD contact Harvey Mysel at: harvey@LKDN.org.

Harvey Mysel is a two time kidney transplant recipient and Founder of the Living Kidney Donors Network, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Harvey has helped hundreds through the kidney transplant process. Harvey is an advocate for those in need of a kidney transplant. LKDN also educates the public about the need for Living Kidney Donors. 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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