Kidney Donor Resources: FAQ

National Kidney Foundation (NKF)

The NKF is a leading organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention, and treatment of kidney disease. Their website offers a wealth of resources on kidney donation, including information on the donation process, eligibility criteria, and support for donors and recipients.


Become a Living Kidney Donor
Many people do not realize that they may be medically qualified to donate a kidney to one of the more than 90,000 people in the United States currently waiting for a kidney. A kidney from a living donor not only allows the recipient to undergo a transplant much sooner, but also typically lasts longer than kidneys from deceased donors.

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American Kidney Fund (AKF)

Description: The AKF is a nonprofit
organization dedicated to helping people fight kidney disease and providing support
to kidney patients, including those considering transplantation. Their website
offers educational resources, financial assistance programs, and advocacy


United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)

Description: UNOS is the organization responsible for managing the nation's organ transplant system. Their website provides information on kidney donation, including statistics, educational materials, and resources for both donors and recipients.



Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN)

Description: OPTN is a national network that matches donated organs with individuals on the transplant waiting list. Their website offers information on kidney donation, including FAQs, patient resources, and data on transplant outcomes.


National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

NIDDK, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), conducts research and provides information on kidney disease and transplantation. Their website offers a wealth of
resources on kidney health, including information on donation, transplantation,
and living with a transplant.



These resources provide valuable information and support for individuals interested in learning more about kidney donation, whether as potential donors or recipients.

These additional resources offer a variety of perspectives and information on kidney donation, catering to different audiences and needs.


Frequently Asked Questions

"The Kidney Donor's Journey: 100 Questions I Asked Before Donating My Kidney" by Ari Sytner

Description: Written by a kidney donor himself, this book provides insights into the process of kidney donation, answering common questions and addressing concerns that potential donors may have.

 "The Ultimate Guide to Living Kidney Donation: Everything You Need to Know to Save a Life" by Amy Waterman and Lori Hartwell

Description: This comprehensive guide offers practical information and advice for both potential kidney donors and recipients, covering topics such as the donation process, post-donation recovery, and long-term health considerations.


"Gift of Life: A Spiritual Companion for Organ Transplantation" by Thomas A. Droege Description: This book offers spiritual insights and guidance for both organ donors and recipients, exploring themes of gratitude, healing, and the sacredness of life.


"Kidney Transplantation: A Guide to the Care of Kidney Transplant Recipients" by John Davis and Robert W. Steiner

Description: Geared towards healthcare professionals, this comprehensive guide covers all aspects of kidney transplantation, including donor evaluation, surgical techniques, post-transplant care, and management of complications.