If you have kidney disease and need a transplant, asking someone to consider donating a kidney can seem impossible.

Many people won't get a transplant simply because they don't know how to go about asking.


Ever wondered why a living person would donate a kidney? The reasons are as varied as the living donors.

But what living donors have in common is that they stepped up to help others live better, friends, even total strangers.


Living kidney donation makes better lives possible.

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It takes courage to ask others for help-and there's no bigger ask than asking for a kidney. Find out more at #bigaskbiggive

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"I am afraid that my donor's health will suffer" is just one of the reasons people are afraid to ask for a kidney. Find out how you can overcome this "Big ask" and other tips by visiting #bigaskbiggive


Kidney Transplant History



    On December 23, the first successful living-related kidney transplant led by Dr. Joseph Murray and Dr. David Hume at Brigham Hospital in Boston: A kidney was transplanted from Ronald Herrick into his identical twin, Richard.



    First successful kidney transplant from a deceased donor, led by Dr. Joseph Murray and Dr. David Hume at Brigham Hospital in Boston.



    First successful pancreas/kidney transplant led by Drs. Richard Lillehei and William Kelly at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN.



    Uniform Anatomical Gift Act establishes the Uniform Donor Card as a legal document for anyone 18 years of age or older to legally donate his or her organs upon death.



    End Stage Renal Disease Act (ESRD) paves way for Medicare Coverage of Renal Dialysis and Kidney Transplants.



    FDA approves Cyclosporine, the most successful anti-rejection medication developed to date; by 1984, two-thirds of all heart transplant patients survived for five years or more.



    National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA) establishes a nationwide computer registry operated by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS); authorizes financial support for Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs); prohibits buying or selling of organs in the United States.



    Required Request Laws require hospitals to develop policies to identify patients as potential donors and approach families about organ donation.



    The FDA approves a new medication for use in transplant recipients: Prograf (formerly known as FK506) marks a significant advance in the understanding and suppression of the human rejection response and in the lessening of unwanted side effects.



    The Department of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery announces a research breakthrough that raises new hope that acute transplant rejection may be prevented and reversed without the need for chronic immunosupp­ressant drugs.



    The number of living organ donors in the U.S. surpasses the number of deceased donors for the first time.



    NKF helps pass the Organ Donation and Recovery Improvement Act, a federal fund to reimburse living donors for expenses incurred from organ donation.



    The National Kidney Foundation launches The Big Ask / The Big Give initiative to help better improve the lives of those with Kidney Disease through Living Donation.