Living Donor Advocacy

Living donor transplant developed as a direct result of the critical shortage of deceased donors. Living organ donation dates back to 1954 when a kidney from one twin was successfully transplanted into his identical brother. Today, one in four donors isn’t biologically related to the recipient.
   
Sarah Stone, LCSW, is The Living Bank’s Living Donor Advocate and is licensed as a counselor. She follows the living donor through surgery, recovery and for as long as needed to provide support through individual or group counseling.

A living donor advocate serves to advocate for the best interest of a potential living donor. Federal regulations require transplant programs to appoint an independent donor advocate to ensure safe evaluation and care of living donors.

Through The Living Bank’s living donor advocacy program, we work with Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, St. Luke's Hospital, and Texas Children's Hospital to educate, pre-screen and counsel their living donors as well as altruistic donors (donors without a designated recipient) for The Methodist Hospital.

Independent Living Donor Advocate Network (ILDAN) provides professional development, collaboration, and peer support to social workers, psychologists, physicians, nurses, and clergy who work as independent living donors

A thriving living donor advocacy program will significantly shorten the waiting time for individuals waiting for a kidney and boost the overall number of available organs.

For more information on our living donor advocacy program, please contact The Living Bank at 1-800-528-2971.

 

 

Minority Outreach Program


More than half of the people waiting for organ donors in the U.S. are members of minority groups. This includes African Americans, Asians, Hispanic/Latinos, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders.

The success of a transplant depends on finding a close match between donor and recipient at the DNA level. The chance is much higher when both have the same racial or ethnic background.

Through The Living Bank’s minority outreach program, our activities focus on organ donation and transplant education for minorities with presentations at chambers of commerce, clinics, community centers, conferences, corporations, health fairs, nonprofit organizations, religious entities, and small business.

General Public Outreach Program

Through The Living Bank’s general public outreach program, our activities focus on organ donation and transplant education with public presentations, utilization of print, media, and technology. Each year, over 38,000 people access our information.