Tuesdays with … May 11, 2015

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Here’s your Tuesdays with…. update for those in need of a kidney transplant and their advocates. 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.

There are disincentives for some people who want to be a kidney donor. i.e. travel expenses or lost wages from taking time off from work or their family or household responsibilities that they have and would need additional help during the recovery. The donor could be reimbursed for these expenses either directly by the recipient, fundraising events or from organizations that provide support for these expenses. Here’s a link to organizations that provide this type of financial assistance. http://www.lkdn.org/financial-assistance/index.html

Here’s what you could send to family members and friends to let them know about this issue.

Recently a friend shared with me that he would like to be tested to donate but doesn’t have any vacation time and his finances are such that he is unable to take unpaid time off from work.

I found out that I’m able to reimburse someone for expenses that they incur to donate. That includes reimbursing someone for travel expenses or lost wages during the evaluation and recovery period.

This is what the transplant community refers to as “disincentives” for being a kidney donor. If this is your situation I’d welcome discussing how this could be overcome.

(You could also provide some info about your health, dialysis, your energy level, something you and your family are doing together or an experience you’ve had at the transplant hospital.)

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.

Can you suggest another way to let others know about your need? Please share it with us by Clicking Here and we will include in in a future Tuesdays With... update.

If you know someone else in need of a kidney transplant or would like to pass this on to your doctor or a dialysis/transplant social worker please provide him or her with this link:

Until next week, we wish you the best in your journey.

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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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