Tuesdays with … January 12, 2015
Here’s your Tuesdays with…. update for those in need of a kidney transplant and their advocates. It is a short one this week. You could use the following information and email to family members, friends and post on your Facebook page and other social media outlets. You could also include additional information about your health, progress and other activities. If this is your first Tuesdays with… update, click here to learn how to use Tuesdays with… to expand on your Kidney Kampaign.
2015 is in full swing. Many of us have resolutions, goals set and the motivation to make 2015 incredible. My main aspiration is to be able to find my living kidney donor. When I talk to others about my situation, the conversation frequently turns to the cost(s) a potential donor could incur. Lost work wages, travel expenses and hospital costs are at the forefront of a person’s mind when they are considering and weighing the options to donate.
Center for Ethical Solutions, a 501(c) (3) non-profit public charity, is committed to helping those in need of a kidney transplant, and they have established The American Living Organ Donor Fund (ALODF).
Giving an organ, like receiving one, is a life-changing event. Studies show donating an organ costs donors on average $5,000 or more in out-of-pocket expenses. Only 8% of American households can afford to spend over $5,000 to donate an organ without dipping into savings or going into debt. The ALDOF founders believe living donors are heroes and should get all the financial and social support they need to limit the burdens of their donation and increase the number of people who can afford to donate.
In the United States, it costs more to donate an organ than to get one. Why? Insurance, Medicare, and charities are in place to help transplant recipients. However, similar assistance is currently not available for living donors. One study shows 24% of donors, who had originally wanted to donate, pulled out because of financial consideration and perceived burden. Other studies show it costs donors more to donate than most have savings in the bank. ALODF realized helping living donors meet their expenses could help them save the lives of their intended organ recipients.
Finally I am determined to find my living donor. I do not want the financial burden to be something that causes the potential donor to change their mind. If you’ve thought of being a donor but realized that it will be a financial burden you could go to the ALODF website and fill out their application. Should you be in a position to make a contribution to help others, you can make a donation to ALODF in my honor at http://www.helplivingdonorssavelives.org.
I am very grateful for the continued support I’m receiving from family members and friends and will continue to keep you up to date on my progress.
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Until next week, we wish you the best in your journey.