The waiting list for a kidney transplant is getting longer. While kidney transplant recipients live an average of 10 to 15 years longer than patients on dialysis, many people who need transplants cannot get them because of a shortage of organs. Kidney patients are waiting for a chance at a better life. In response, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) has developed THE BIG ASK: THE BIG GIVE. This initiative educates and raises awareness about living kidney donation and transplantation among kidney patients, their families, and friends. As part of this initiative, NKF has developed an innovative, 4 hour workshop that's designed to help kidney patients find a living donor. Created for kidney patients on the waitlist, family members, friends, and potential living donors, the workshop is held in partnership with transplant hospitals. This workshop provides education about living donation and transplant, and teaches 7 Key Strategies for finding a living donor. These strategies are taught in a highly interactive and engaging format.
African Americans & Kidney Disease
Did you know that African Americans are 3 times more likely to experience kidney failure? Because kidney disease often has no symptoms, it can go unnoticed until it is very advanced. But there's good news. Taking steps to live a healthy lifestyle can go a long way towards reducing risk. Read more.