Hi! I created this page for those who have already donated a kidney - to share experiences, ideas to
promote kidney donation, etc. (Of course, even if you didn't donate a kidney - you are welcome here as well!)
For me , my kidney donation wasn't enough - so I started a project to help others in need of a kidney, so
more lives can be saved. (For more information about myself and my project to help people in need of a kidney,
you can go to the tab, "About Chaya Lipschutz" for more in information.
I am in touch with many people who have already donated a kidney - all of us feel great, some of us wish
we can do it again!
I am sure you too, feel great about your kidney donation and some of you may wish you can influence
others as well to do this deed. I have spoken to many other kidney donors that say they feel they want to do
more, since they are not able to donate another kidney.
I need your ideas!
I have a list of many people in need of a kidney that I would like to find kidney donors for. As you can imagine,
it's not an easy task to influence people to donate a kidney, but these lives need to be saved!
Help is needed to spread a kidney awareness so more lives can be saved - speak to others, try to influence
others to donate a kidney
Some of my ideas on how we can try to save more lives without donating another kidney!
- Speak at events about your kidney donation experience - local clubs, schools (high schools and colleges),
organizers of health fairs, etc.
- Organize an event - if you are willing to speak about your kidney donation, perhaps see if you can also get
someone in need of a kidney to speak at such an event. Also, perhaps ask a nephrologist, or kidney transplant
surgeon to talk as well. Perhaps a local dialysis center can give you information. Perhaps contact a local school,
community center, etc., and see if they would be willing to rent out some space Try to find sponsors, if necessary -
perhaps a local hospital, where in return they may want to put material out about their own programs. I had taken
out a booth at an expo to promote kidney donation. It was a 3 day event - it was not cheap, to say the least, but
there were lots of people who attended and educated a lot of people about kidney donation.
- Speak or write to people in the local (and/or not so local) media about your kidney donation especially if it
was to a stranger - sometimes they like to do a story - especially if it is unique. A newspaper article, if well written,
can inspire others to donate a kidney. If they are willing to write an article - try to encourage them to write a positive
article - and tell them that they too can save a life (or lives), just by writing a positive article!
- If you see an article in a newspaper written about another kidney donor - perhaps write a positive letter
to the editor about it, mentioning that you too were a kidney donor. Here in New York, every now and then there
are articles written about people who donated a kidney. By writing in and having your letter published, that too can
have a positive impact on people.
- You can make up special mailing envelopes (and/or labels), promoting kidney donation. So, every time you
need to mail something, when you use one of these special envelopes or labels, you can promote kidney donation!
I had made up special envelopes through the website BlueMountain.com. Click here to see a sample of wording I
have on an envelope, which includes the words "Save A Life" and wording about kidney donation
Information suggestions for material to put out at a Kidney Donation Awareness event:
- Nice news story about someone who donated a kidney. (If there was an article written about you - that could
be best. Otherwise, you can find one on the internet, or you may find one you like on the left hand side of this page,
below, where there is a listing of stories about kidney donors)
- Make up a flier, for someone in need of a kidney. Make sure a phone number and/or e-mail address is on that
flier. Click on: sample of a flier, for a flier I made up for someone in need of a kidney, for an idea. Perhaps add a
quote on the flier regarding kidney donation from a professional in the kidney transplant field. See sample of quotes
on the left side of this page.
- Hand out fliers for someone in need of a kidney or kits of information on kidney donation at any event. I
once made up kits, consisting of fliers for people in need of a kidney and other information, put it all into a #10
envelope. I handed such kits at a Chinese Auction and a local political event. I had made up special envelopes
through the website BlueMountain.com, as mentioned previously, was used for this purpose as well. You can also
click here to see a sample For information on kidney donation to print out and include in kits or put on a table at an
event, you can find links to websites that give more information on kidney donation, on the "Donate A Kidney" page
of this website.
- Also - a great positive article about a study that was done on kidney donors - that kidney donation does not
have a negative effect on our health, would be a great thing to include in a kit or fliers to place on a table at an
event. For this great article which is from the Los Angeles Times, click on: "Kidney Donors Have A Normal Life
Span, Study Finds." Or another great article you might consider including in a kit - or telling people who are
considering kidney donation - this one from the website, Lifeline.org, click on: "One Kidney Is More Than
Enough - Living Kidney Donors Survive, Thrive and Rarely Suffer from Kidney Problems."
- Another option, is making up a business card and include your name, e-mail address, and phone number. (May
not be necessary, if you have your information on a flier.) How about a picture of you and the person you donated a
kidney to on the card? Regarding purchasing the blank cards - if you are computer savvy, it can be very
inexpensive to do it yourself, if you have a printer. You may be able to pick up cheap blank business cards to print
them out on, at a Walgreens, Walmart. or Target. (I think I once purchased way back cheap ones at a Walgreens.)
Staples has them, but it is not so cheap. If you decide to purchase them from Staples - the Staples brand may work
just as well and would be less expensive.)
- Also - if you have the funds - making up pens or other useful items with wording promoting kidney donation, is
another option. I had made up special pens that said "Save a Life - Donate a Kidney" with an e-mail address.
Some people never have enough pens on them - and this is one of the best and perhaps least expensive of items to
make up and give out - and less likely to get thrown out!
What to speak about at a kidney donation event:
Dispel myths! - Very important! Tell people:
- Yes, you can live just as well as one kidney as with two! Most people who are in need of a kidney have 2
kidneys - when one kidney goes - the other one goes at the same time.
- One out of 700+ people are born with one kidney - so someone might may say a person is crazy for donating a
kidney- when that same person might be walking around with one kidney - and never know it
- Donating a kidney does not effect a person's ability to have children (or more children.) I know of 3 people had
children after donating a kidney. And 2 of these who donated a kidney - their kidney recipient's were able to have
children after receiving a kidney!
Also if you speak publicly about kidney donation, talk about:
- What made you want to donate a kidney.
- How good you feel about it!
- Most of the surgery is done laproscopically, the less invasive way.
- Possibly mention risks. But perhaps add that kidney donation is a lower risk type of surgery. There are many
websites relating to organ donation that has this information. I have some of these websites listed on the tab,
"Websites - Kidney Donors" or you can click on this article that is on the National Kidney Foundation website, :
"Q&A on Living Donation"
If I can think of anything else to add here - will add in the future.. Or if you have anything else you feel should be
added here, please let me know. Thanks!
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Want to help someone else who needs a kidney - but don't know anyone needs one?
- "Adopt" someone in your neighborhood who is in need of a kidney. If you don't know of anyone who needs
a kidney, you can ask around if you like or you can search on Craigs List (www.craigslist.org) under "community."
Or you can find a posting for someone in need of a kidney on Living Donors Online (www.livingdonorsonline.org) for
someone in need of a kidney.
- First and foremost - if you find someone in need of a kidney - find out from them if they have any family
members who are able to donate a kidney to them. You would be surprised - there are people out there that
haven't asked family members, friends, etc. If they tell you that they have a family member tested and wasn't a
match, please encourage them to ask that family member to join an organization like the National Kidney Registry -
where all it takes is for one family member or friend to join the registry and in return it is highly likely the registry will
be able to find someone else through their system who may be a match. For more information about how this
works, please go to the "Need A Kidney" tab. Also, if they tell you they don't have anyone to test for them - no family
members, friends, etc., then you can offer, if you are able, to speak on their behalf at an event and/or make up fliers
for them, hand out at events, hang them up in stores, community centers, etc. I have found 2 kidney donors for
people in need of a kidney, by hanging up fliers.
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- Someone heard a kidney transplant surgeon at a major hospital say at a seminar at his hospital, that "Kidney
Donors Have a Longer Life Span." That could be true - because we are checked out well before our kidney
donation, and generally healthy to begin with. But we shouldn't take advantage of this - meaning we can eat what
we want - not exercise. We have to stay healthy! I spoke to a kidney donor who said to me he never eats fruits
and vegetables and never exercises. Help! This is a recipe for disaster! It would be a miracle if this person does
not have future health problems. He is missing out on key nutrients to stay healthy. And a lack of exercise can also
lead to major health issues. So eat right, stay fit! And get rid of those excess pounds, if you have any!
- I am so delighted about the major article that came out in many newspapers about no long-term health issues
associated with people who donated a kidney, called "Kidney Donors Have A Normal Life Span, Study
Finds" I have had people who were considering kidney donation in the past, ask me if there was any study on long
term effects on kidney donors. I had mentioned the above quote - that one surgeon had said about kidney donors
having a longer life span - but had no written proof of anything said. So this study finally came out, which will satisfy
some people considering kidney donation - those who may otherwise not consider!
- If you have a quote or story about your kidney donation and would like it to appear on this website, please e-
mail me at KidneyMitzvah.com or click on the "Contact Us link on the top of the page. Please limit quotes to 3
sentences. A story does not have to be limited. I may get many responses and cannot guarantee that it will be
published on this website. But would be happy to see whatever is submitted. Thanks! (-:
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Congratulations to Kidney Donor, Nancy Murrell, on her great website, KidneyMama.com - a
resource for living kidney donors! Looking good, Nancy! Great idea!
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Here's hoping one day there will be a Kidney Donors Convention, where we can all meet and share experiences
In the meantime, please feel free to submit ideas on how to promote kidney donation, if there are any additions or
subtractions that should be made to this website, if you notice any links that don't work, or if they are any typos, etc.
You can use the form below or click, send an e-mail to KidneyMitzvah@aol.com or click on the "Contact Us" tab.
Thanks so much for visiting! Take care!
- Chaya Lipschutz
P.S. If you have suggestions, comments or information that you would like to provide that can help me or others, I
would be happy to hear about it!
Feel free to contact me at KidneyMitzvah@aol.com. Thanks!