Monthly Posting Suggestions

Below are some suggestions that you can use for posting on the Kidney Transplant Thursdays Facebook page. Include information about your organization, need for a transplant, or other experience you’ve had with living kidney transplants. If you are a family member or friend of someone in need, then share their story and educate your followers with information about living kidney donation.

How to post and share your posting:
First join the Kidney Transplant Thursdays Facebook page. Then you have 3 options:

  1. Create your own post on the Kidney Transplant Thursdays Facebook page and “share” it to your page.
  2. Create a post on your Facebook page and share it to the Kidney Transplant Thursdays Facebook page.
  3. View and “share” one of the posting on the Kidney Kidney Transplant Thursdays Facebook page.

In your posting please include #KidneyTransplantThursdays to make it easier for others to find this information.

You could always create your own posting or use one of the Myths and Misconceptions about living kidney donation.

Here are Additional Ideas You Could Use for Your Post

Here are Additional Ideas…

  1. There’s been research into using pigs and artificial kidneys to relieve the shortage for many years. Both have been in the news lately, but are still 5+ years off into the future. To read about the work being done to use pig kidneys in humans, click here. To read about artificial kidneys click here.
  2. There a many factors that make a kidney from a living donor preferable from one from a deceased donor. Here are just three:
    • The organ is generally healthier. It came from someone who went through a through health evaluation for the kidney and the individual.
    • In addition to deceased donor kidney being stressed from that incident, roughly one-third of deceased donor kidneys take days or weeks to become fully functional after the transplant. Kidneys from living donors tend to function immediately, reducing the risk of needing dialysis.
    • A kidney from a living donor lasts on average, twice as long as one from a deceased donor.
  3. It is perfectly legal to reimburse living donors for any cost they incur directly associated with the transplant. That could be unpaid time off from work, any travel expenses or if the donor needs to hire someone to come to their home to help with home/health care needs.

  1. Many people don’t pursue being a living kidney donor because they don’t think they would be a match. There are still compatibility criteria, however, if a donor is not compatible with their recipient there are paired exchanges. Paired exchanges may be the most significant advancement that’s occurred in kidney transplants during the past 20 years. To learn more about paired exchanges, click here.
  2. You don’t need to be a blood relative to donate. In 2019 62% of living donors were not blood related to their recipient. If you don’t know your blood type the center will provide you with that information during the evaluation.
  3. Living kidney donors are not automatically disqualified because of their age. It’s someone’s health, many people in the 70s have donated. In 2019 35% of living donors were over the age of 50. Click here to read more about age and living kidney donation.
  4. There are many benefits to receiving a kidney from a living donor versus one from a deceased donor. The two most significant benefits are a kidney from a living donor lasts on average twice as long as one from a deceased donor and you can avoid being on dialysis or limit the time on dialysiss. Click here to read more about benefits of a living kidney donor.
  5. One in 750 people are born with one kidney and their life expectancy is the same as someone born with two. Living kidney donors go onto lead normal lives after donating. Click here to read more about being born with one kidney.

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