Maybe donating a kidney was something you always wanted to do.
Maybe it’s the first time you stopped to think about it.
Either way, you probably have questions.
This is a good time to get your answers.
Because of coronavirus, there’s a projected surge in the need for transplants
Covid-19 doesn’t just affect the lungs. It also causes Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) in one out of every three people hospitalized, according to a Columbia University Report. The NY Times, WNYC, NBC and other news outlets reported that hospitals ran short of the special equipment to treat these patients, possibly resulting in needless deaths.
People don’t realize that many who were discharged from the hospital are just beginning their real ordeal; fighting kidney dysfunction with dialysis. Based on what we know about kidney disease, it’s likely many will need transplants.
Doesn’t dialysis take care of the issue?
You’ve heard of people on dialysis, using a machine to do the job of the kidneys, filtering waste from the blood and returning it to the body.
But here’s what most people don’t know.
-- Dialysis only does 16% of what a kidney does
-- The three weekly treatments are painful and draining
-- Dialysis is debilitating
When a dialysis center opened near my home, I bore witness daily to the plight of those struggling with kidney disease. Patients would appear several times a week, weakened and ill, and spend hours attached to machinery. They were slaves to their diseases, controlled by the limitations of one internal organ. I became more determined than ever to donate a kidney.
Yanky Katz, Brooklyn, NY , Kidney Donor
A transplant from a live donor alleviates their suffering and helps them live longer.
It gives them freedom from machinery, freedom from severe diet restrictions, freedom to enjoy their families.
It gives them their life back.
So many people have died from COVID because we don't have a cure or vaccine yet. But we know a live kidney donation (transplant) could save someone's life!
Chaya Parkoff, Denver CO, Kidney Donor
Donating a kidney is the ultimate altruistic act.
It’s a big decision, though.
Here kidney donors share their innermost thoughts:
If you always dreamed of doing something extraordinary, Renewal is here to help you live that dream. By coordinating the logistics involved in the transplant and providing moral, emotional, and financial support throughout the process, Renewal makes it possible for ordinary people to achieve greatness.
“My biggest concern was making sure my kids were taken care of while I recuperated. Renewal offered me childcare and help around the house and any other support I might’ve needed. Knowing that in another bed was someone who felt almost instantly better made it all worth it.”
"So many times people push things off for later, and then they lose the opportunity to do this mitzvah. By thinking those thoughts and persevering, I accomplished something I wanted to do. Who knows if I'd still be able to donate "later"?"
"First, I was worried about hidden dangers. If there aren't really hidden dangers, then why isn't everyone donating? So there must be something that people aren't talking about.
So I spoke to doctors, to the people at Renewal, and did my research, and ultimately decided to go ahead. If you want to do a mitzvah, you have to persevere. Satan will try to stop it, naysayers are his voice.
During recovery, I kept thinking of the special privilege I had."
"What I kept thinking is that I’ve got two, I can live fine with one, and that I get to literally save a person’s life."
"Someone I know donated a kidney and I was inspired to do the same. I did worry about possible complications, but I felt I was doing it for the right reasons & Hashem would take care of the rest & that I have to have emunah. We only get one life and have to make it as purposeful and meaningful as possible. BH it was a very good experience."
" I have learned that the definition of chesed is NOT doing something for someone ELSE, but realizing that you are part of my existence. We are all connected. I have two kidneys, someone had none - together we each have what we need."
When I first started with the testing, I wasn’t sure where I was going to go with it. I did a lot of thinking until I came to the realization that this is something I could do. Most people don’t get the opportunity to save a life, and I’m thrilled that I did it. My surgery was on March 3rd, the last transplant in Montefiore before coronavirus shut it down. Three weeks later, I was back on my bike.
Gitty Allman, Kidney Donor
Renewal’s zero -pressure policy
Renewal provides information and support to anyone thinking of donating a kidney, without any expectations, at any point in the process.
Here are some of the ways we help our donors:
Donor Health Monitoring
Loss of Wages
Food & Convalescence
Renewal by the Numbers
altruistic organ donations in the U.S.
transplants to date
wait time for a kidney
(compared to national 5-7 years wait time)
1 out of every 5
Honored to help
where BOTH spouses donated kidneys
Can you be a kidney donor?
You can do a simple test, even if you’re not ready.
You watch a video about kidney donation
We send you a simple swab test and you mail it back
If a potential match comes up, we do further testing once it’s safe to do so.
Testing does not obligate you in any way.
Call 718.431.9841 ext. 209