Kidneys -- Why The Crisis?

There are compelling statics related to challenge of kidney disease:

  • Kidney Disease is the ninth leading cause of death in the United States.
  • More than 600,000 Americans suffer from End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD).
  • The primary medical response to this is Dialysis, which, while can offer a modest extension of life, does not offer quality of life.
  • Transplantation is medically acknowledged to be the preferred treatment, offering longer lifespans, fewer complications and a higher quality of life, at much lower expense.
  • Currently, there are not enough kidneys available for transplant, and the multi-faceted debate on the ethics of living kidney transplant has become a barrier to realistic and appropriate solutions: solutions that are very possible and of which tens of thousands of needy people are never made aware.
  • Deceased kidney donation efforts have been successful, but have failed to keep pace with the rate of increase in cases of kidney disease.
  • Over 100,000 people are added to the National Kidney Transplant Waiting list each year.
  • African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans are all disproportionately more likely to need a transplant but less likely to be referred to a transplant center. In fact, tens of thousands of patients medically suitable for transplants never make it to the waiting list.13 The most recent data show that once on the list, African Americans wait 40 percent longer to receive a kidney than whites do, and Hispanic candidates wait 50 percent longer.

If there are 196 million adults in the U.S., and even a quarter of them (49 million) could consider sharing the extra kidney they have, how would that impact the kidney crisis? Learn More

Kidneys in Common

Kidneys in Common was born out of recognition that living kidney transplants are an essential part of the solution to kidney disease in this country, but that our current healthcare environment offers more obstacles than solutions when it comes to informing people about living kidney donation. The obstacles are often a combination vested financial interests, such as the dialysis industry, and ethical concerns over potential coercion of would-be kidney donors. In recent years, calls for a new national dialogue to address these issues have grown louder, and yet, few ,if any, formal efforts have been able to respond to these calls with meaningful, effective programs. In the meantime, tens of thousands of people suffer needlessly. Many of these die preventable deaths.

Kidneys in Common intends to address the need for living kidney transplants by working with “community” leaderships to promote awareness and solutions among their memberships. The majority of Americans are represented in their connections to these national organizations — or communities. By establishing awareness programs with leaders at the national level, Kidneys in Common can potentially reach millions of Americans who might consider becoming a donor, and tens of thousands of ESRD patients who are not aware of the options available to them. By relying upon the expressed desire of these “national” organizations to help members of their personal community, Kidneys in Common can facilitate the dissemination of clear information and direction — allowing would-be kidney donors the opportunity to safely learn of their personal ability to impact the kidney failure epidemic and consider the donation of a kidney. Even a small percentage increase in the number of living kidney donors can fundamentally alter the fight against kidney disease in this country. New approaches are needed and the community based model represents a new and potentially powerful effort.




Kidneys In Common exists increase the number of Living Kidney Transplants through the education and support of would-be kidney donors, working through their own communities to establish of a safe environment for consideration of Living Kidney Donation and by insuring the availability of unbiased information to enable these acts of generosity and the greatest possible outcomes.



Areas of Impact

"Community" mobilization

Communities? The challenge is to establish the institutions and organizations in which we live, work, play and pray as safe, active environments for understanding how kidney disease impacts lives and families. And then, with awareness of how kidney disease challenges fellow members of their community, members can also safely consider how and whether they might help.... Learn More

raising voices: sharing stories

Experience speaks volumes. 

As a kidney patient, donor, family member or caretaker, the stories of your experience matter. They are essential in helping more people understand your challenges, your successes, or your losses. Kidney disease can strike anywhere, anytime, and when more people understand the personal cost of this disease we move closer to to the solutions available to everyone. Learn More

kidney donor protection

When an individual indicates their willingness to step-up and help someone by donating a kidney, the immediate response must include, respect, honesty, information and support. Concerns over money, future care or logistics should never be aloud to overshadow the noble impulse to help save a life....
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a new national dialogue

If we can't talk about it, we can't fix it. Knowing that the solution exists, but without the presence of a proper dialogue to discuss it or make people aware of the need and possible solutions, people continue to suffer needlessly. Even the discussion of living kidney transplant is controversial for some, and yet, without the ability to honestly discuss all of the options available in the fight against kidney disease we cannot address the central issues for thousands of people desperately looking for solutions.  Learn More


ending the wait

Transplantation is medically acknowledged to be the preferred treatment, offering longer lifespans, fewer complications and a higher quality of life, at much lower expense. Currently, there are not enough kidneys available for transplant. Over 100,000 people are added to the National Kidney Transplant Waiting list each year...
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ending monetization

One of the greatest challenges for patients and would-be donors is getting clear, unbiased information in order to understand options available to them. One of the reasons this is true is that there are large sums of money involved in providing services, such as dialysis or transplants. In some cases this creates a disincentive to improve the status quo for kidney patients or donors struggling to find options.
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Kidneys In Common is finding new ways to educate and support would-be kidney donors and is committed to establishing a safe environment for consideration of Living Kidney Donation. When anyone wants to consider ways in which they can save the lives of others, that impulse must be honored. Such acts of generosity must be supported so as to ensure the greatest possible impact.