Right now, around 100,000 people in the U.S. urgently need a kidney transplant to save their life. But based on yearly averages, only about 6,500 people will generously become a living kidney donor this year. Everyone else will continue to wait—year after year—until they hopefully one day receive their new kidney.
There simply aren’t enough living donors, and there are too many people waiting in line. It’s a losing numbers game, but we believe in our solution to fix it.
Kidneys for Communities has created a new pathway for living donors to actually play a role in who receives their kidney. “Community-directed donation” empowers potential donors to personalize their live-saving gift by directing their kidney donation to a specific “community” they want to support—including religious affiliations, fraternities and sororities, unions, alumni groups and more. This single, altruistic act can start a paired kidney chain that saves dozens of lives.
With nearly 750,000 Americans battling end-stage renal disease, there’s a good chance you personally know somebody who urgently needs help.