Living Donation California Celebrates 100 Direct Living Kidney Donor Candidate Referrals to California Transplant Centers

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SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--100 people in California hoping to altruistically save someone’s life have successfully utilized - a free, online information and referral service designed to refer eligible living kidney donation candidates to California transplant centers.

I wanted to free someone so they could live life and spend that time with their family and friends”

Donate Life California, the state organ, eye and tissue donor registry, launched the Living Donation California program on May 14, 2013. Since then, thousands of people have visited the website to educate themselves about living kidney donation, why it’s needed, and how one person can save a life or many lives by donating one of their two kidneys. Hundreds more visitors then took a self-assessment to determine their eligibility to be living kidney donors, and 100 people who met the minimal requirements were directly referred to one of 13 California transplant centers for further evaluation.

“The willingness to undergo surgery and give a piece of oneself to save another’s life is truly selfless and heroic,” said Charlene Zettel, CEO of Donate Life California. “Today, nearly 19,000 people in California are waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant. Their wait for a kidney from a deceased donor could be up to ten years or more. One in three will die waiting. Living donation gives those on the waiting list greater hope.” Continue reading