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April is Donate Life Month! Walk with the National Kidney Foundation on May 16!

April 30, 2015
NKF Standard Vertical LogoThe need for organ donations continues to increase in America. Of the over 123,600 Americans on the national organ transplant waitlist, over 101,900 await a life-saving kidney. Many organ donors give the gift of life to a family member or friend with whom they are medically compatible. However, there are some truly special people who give simply because they can and the need is so great. Bill Singleton is one of those people. Singleton is a volunteer with the National Kidney Foundation and former board member who became a kidney donor in December 2009 as part of the largest kidney exchange in the world to date. He became aware of the growing prevalence of kidney disease through his work with the NKF, and decided to become a non-directed donor in the historic exchange.

Singleton has since become an advocate for removing barriers to donation and continues to work with the NKF on improving the process for and increasing living and deceased organ donation. Identifying yourself as an organ and/or tissue donor is simple. Simply visit the Donate Life America website and choose your state of residence to join your state's online registry for donation. You can also declare your intentions on your driver's license. Signing up online through your state registry or on your driver's license is a good first step in designating your wishes about donation, but letting your family or other loved one's know about your decision is vitally important. Family members are often asked to give consent for a loved one's donation, so it's important that they know your wishes.

73 million Americans – one in three adults – are at risk for kidney disease due to diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of kidney disease. African Americans, Latinos, Asians, Native Americans, and the elderly are at increased risk of developing kidney disease. To learn more about kidney disease and organ donation and join those impacted in your community, participate in a local Kidney Walk. Bill Singleton will be walking on May 16, 2015 at the National Capital Area Kidney Walk at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC. Register today or visit www.kidney.org for more information.

 

The National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families, and tens of millions of Americans at risk.