The Maine Millennial: I’ve got good news about kidney donation – pass it on

Regular readers may remember my friend Ted, who was in need of a kidney transplant and who was going to be difficult to find a match for. A few weeks ago, Ted got a kidney. As for me, I am continuing my quest to be a living kidney donor. If I’m accepted as a donor, then I will proceed to be matched through the National Kidney Registry. My kidney will go to the person who is the best physical match for it – that is, the person in whose body the kidney is likely to live and function the longest.

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Donors and recipients in six-way kidney transplant meet for first time

The average time a person spends on the waiting list for a kidney transplant is two-and-a-half to three years. But thanks to one selfless individual willing to give life to another, three people in Sacramento did not have to endure that wait. Donors and recipients who participated in a six-way ‘chain’ kidney transplant at UC Davis Medical Center had the opportunity to meet one another for the first time at a celebration held during National Donate Life Month.

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Keck Medicine shows solidarity with living kidney donation advocate

Each day, an average of 13 people die while waiting for a kidney transplant, but living kidney donations can be a highly effective countermeasure. It’s a message that Mark Scotch has taken on the road. The 66-year-old is an avid long-distance cyclist and founder of The Organ Trail, a series of cycling trips spanning several states developed to raise awareness regarding living kidney donation.

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