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Find A Kidney Blog

In the Find A Kidney Blog, you’ll find both education and inspiration in your search for a living kidney donor, including tips from experts who have conducted a successful search and personal stories from people who have been in your situation and were able to find a living donor for a kidney transplant.

What Does Donating a Kidney Entail?

EJ Tamez, Director, Patient Coaching

If you are in need of a kidney transplant and are seeking a living donor, one of the first things a potential donor might ask is, “If I donate a kidney, what would I need to do?” When you’re asking someone to become your donor, it helps to know exactly what you’re asking them to […]



My Kidney Transplant Story: Rachel Bress

Rachel Bress

Having been diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease (PKD) in 2011, I knew a kidney transplant was in my future, though the timing remained uncertain. PKD doesn’t run in my family, making my case unusual as I inherited it without a familial genetic link. In a remarkable turn, my brother stepped forward to donate his kidney […]




How Long Does it Take to Donate A Kidney

Colleen Gielda-Smith, Living Donor Patient Navigator, Penn Center for Living Donation

When you are looking for a living kidney donor, you may be wondering how long the kidney donation process takes from start to finish. Having this information can not only help you prepare but also give you important information to share with potential donors. How long a kidney donation takes depends on a number of […]


My Kidney Transplant Story: Rachel Muñiz

Rachel Muniz

My kidney journey began almost a year into my career as a nurse. In 2020, I graduated from nursing school. I’d chosen nursing as a second career. I always wanted to be a nurse, and in my late 20s I was able to start down the path to becoming one. Unexpectedly, I began my career […]


My Kidney Transplant Story: Wilson Du

Wilson Du

All my adult life, I was in finance. In the early 2000s, there was a real boom in the market, so I made a lot of money as a young adult—probably more than any young adult should make. With all that money comes a lot of irresponsibility. In many cases, when someone is doing well […]


How to Find a Living Kidney Donor

EJ Tamez, Director, Patient Coaching

If you have been diagnosed with kidney disease and informed you need a kidney transplant, you may be wondering how to go about finding a living kidney donor. If you have been approved for a kidney transplant, you will need to join the national waiting list for a kidney from a deceased donor. However, finding […]