So I am ready to be a hero and donate my extra kidney to a struggling deserving individual. What is the next step?
To find out if you’re an acceptable kidney donor, the physician or kidney donor coordinator at the transplant center will ask a series of screening questions, which may include:
Do you have or have you ever had any of the following:
Diabetes, cancer, heart disease, lung disease, hypertension, gout, overweight, or a heavy smoker?
Unfortunately, if you answered yes to any of these medical conditions, you likely would not be able to move on to formal medical screening as those are disqualifiers. In some cases, if you are overweight or a smoker, you still may be able to donate by making necessary lifestyle changes.
If you do have the above medical conditions, fear not! You have a powerful voice and network of friends and family, and we ask that you share Gene’s story of success to help identify other potential kidney donor heroes. In this way, you can still be a hero for someone greatly in need.
If you are in good overall health and would like to donate a life-giving kidney to a deserving person, please provide your contact information. Many times altruistic donors begin a chain of kidney donations that can positively affect many people waiting for kidneys. Some of these kidney chains that begin with an altruistic donor can lead to 20-50 people getting new life saving kidneys.
Be a catalyst for life, be a hero!