aboutThe waitlist for a deceased donor kidney transplant continues to grow each year. but the number of available organs remains relatively stable. We are constantly trying to find ways to increase the amount of organs available to waitlisted patients so they may avoid dialysis and shorten their wait time for a lifesaving organ.

Identifying and receiving a transplant from a live donor is one solution. However, there are many barriers to identifying potential live donors. Barriers include discomfort with discussing such a sensitive subject, fear of asking someone else for an organ, and limited knowledge about the live donation process. We aim to help waitlisted patients overcome these barriers.

For this reason, we have developed the Live Donor Champion Program. In this multi-center program, each participating patient (listed for a kidney transplant at Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, or University of Alabama at Birmingham) will identify a family member or friend to be their “Live Donor Champion”. We will provide the Live Donor Champion and patient with educational materials, business cards, and other resources. We hope this will make both the Live Donor Champion and the patient comfortable initiating conversations and spreading awareness about kidney failure and live donation.

The goal of this program is for the Live Donor Champion to help their loved one find potential live donors.