Living-Donor Transplant: A Journey You Don't Make Alone
For someone in need of a liver or kidney transplant, every moment spent on the waiting list is critical. A living-donor transplant may be the lifesaving solution to getting him or her off of the waiting list and back to being healthy.
However, asking someone to become a living donor is a challenge and can be an overwhelming task. With the help of a living donor Champion, finding a donor becomes more manageable.
The Role of a Living Donor Champion
A Champion may be a friend, family member, co-worker, or anyone else who is willing to provide emotional support for someone on the transplant waiting list. They can help by taking the lead in finding and securing a suitable living donor.
A Champion's role includes:
- Finding a live donor in a timely fashion
- Taking the responsibility of identifying a donor away from the person, allowing him or her to focus on their health
- Connecting and talking with as many people as possible so that an appropriate match can be found
- Offering support and inspiration through this difficult journey
Meet Living Donor Champions
Read about Living Donor Champions who have used social media to find living donors for their loved ones.