Finding A Living Donor

(From left to right): Jocelynn- Liver Donor and Mentor, Jim- Kidney Recipient and Mentor, Christina- Kidney Donor and Mentor, Jeramy-Kidney Donor and Mentor, Kelsey- Kidney Recipient and ATF supporter.

Tips for Searching for a Living Donor

Finding a potential living donor may seem like a daunting task but there are many methods that can be used to get your story out to the general public.  The first, and often the most important step, is “recruiting” someone to act as your advocate, or champion, who can assist with various tasks involved in getting your story out.  Many people choose a friend or family member to advocate on their behalf- but for those who don’t have someone available to take this on, a 1+1=LIFE Mentor may be able to assist.

  • We can help! Get one-on-one support from a trained mentor who has gone through the process before in our 1+1=LIFE Mentorship Program. We can then publish your profile to our Potential Living Donor Database profiles.
  • Become well-informed about transplantation by reading our FAQs and Facts and Myths and information about living donation.
  • Learn more about crowd-sourcing to find a living donor​. 
  • Create an elevator speech to quickly and efficiently share your story with a stranger and potential donor. Click here to learn more.
  • Speak to your doctor or transplant center about your options. You can research transplant centers near you by selecting the needed organ and zip code at the top of the page.
  • Educate your friends and family about transplants and living donation. Consider identifying a champion, someone who can advocate on your behalf and help you through the process. You don’t need to ask others to become your living donor, but it is crucial to share your story and let them know you are in need of a living donor.
  • Create business cards with a picture, your blood type, and contact information.
  • Identify/create a specific form of contact to provide on all outreach methods.  This may be a specific phone number or an email address.  Many people create an easy-to-remember email address to use specifically for their living donor search efforts.
  • Write a letter to friends, family, coworkers, and acquaintances telling them about your situation.
  • Contact your local television/radio news stations to see if they will highlight your story.
  • Create a search party flier to hand out to the public.
    • Reach out to community centers, schools, and churches to see if they will allow you to post your flier where the public can see it.
  • Create a t-shirt that friends, family, and general supporters can wear in public to draw inquiries about your story
  • Highlight your story on a local billboard and include your blood type and transplant center contact information.

Success Stories: Hear from our Mentees who Found a Living Donor

  • Kelsey, college student, kidney transplant recipient,  1+1=LIFE Mentee.
  • Andy, school teacher, kidney transplant recipient, 1+1=LIFE Mentee.
  • Michelle, wife, kidney transplant recipient, 1+1=LIFE Mentee.
  • Mason, student, living kidney donor, 1+1=LIFE Mentee.

 

Contact us with questions, concerns, or suggestions at support@americantransplantfoundation.org or call (303) 757-0959.