I am told that the more people who know of my need, the better my chance is of reaching a person willing to be an altruistic donor. So, now it's all about getting the word out. That's where you come in.
"Fran is the epitome of what love means. Her determination, caring soul and tenacity for hard work brought her wonderful blessings life has to offer. And she wants desperately to continue that life, but her kidney failure is not survivable without the gift of life from a living donor."
Give me 15 minutes (or more) and use that time to tell the world about this website (Kidney4Fran.com)
- Email: Send this website to your friends (all of them) by email.
- Facebook: Post a small note on Facebook with a link to this website (icon above).
- LinkedIn: Post a small note on LinkedIn with a link to this website (icon above).
- Other Social Media Sites: Post a small note with a link to this website (icons below).
- dialysis (life expectancy about 5 years)
- transplant (a new lease on life)
My family members are medically disqualified as donors.
Also, if a willing donor is not an exact match, through an arrangement called "Paired Kidney Donation" (kidney swapping) a donor who is not a match for me might be a match for someone else and I would be eligible to receive that person's donor's kidney that would be a match for me.
If You'd Like More Information: For more information, see Columbia University Medical Center's "Becoming a Kidney Donor."
For more information, please visit this informational website.
Speaking with a NY Presbyterian staff member is much better than speaking with me. They know far more than I do and you will get better information from them than from me. So please, feel free to contact them.
Keep in mind that a confidential phone call to the hospital does not come with any obligations to proceed further.
Request a Donor Questionnaire: If you'd like to consider becoming a kidney donor, please see this online donor questionnaire provided by NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia.
What if A Prospective Donor is Not a Compatible Match? Columbia’s Transplant Center has long participated in paired kidney exchanges. A paired kidney exchange, also known as a “kidney swap,” occurs when a living kidney donor is incompatible with the recipient. If an incompatible donor wants to donate their kidney for Rachel and is willing to participate in a donor swap, Rachel's donor's kidney would be swapped with another donor's kidney that is incompatible with their recipient but whose kidney is compatible with Rachel's body. That saves two lives.
Help Us by Sharing: Even if you’re not a potential donor yourself, some good soul among your Facebook (and other) friends might be! Please share this now. Do more than "like" or comment. Likes and comments are the "hopes and prayers" of social media. Shares = action, the action needed here. Together, we can do this. Sharing this post could help Rachel immensely. You could be the key to saving her life. What a gift that would be.
*About Costs: Reasonable cost reimbursement is legal. Title III of The National Organ Transplant Act, 1984, Pub. L. 998-507, allows for reasonable payments associated with the removal, transportation, implantation, processing, preservation, quality control, and storage of human organs as well as for the expenses of travel, housing, and lost wages incurred by the donor of a human organ in connection with the donation of that organ. While reimbursement of expenses is legal, payment for the acquisition of an organ is not.
In addition, my medical insurance covers the costs of medical care and hospitalization for the donor as well as for the recipient.