The wait list for a deceased donor kidney transplant continues to grow. A great option for people waiting for an organ is a living donor. Many people don’t consider living donation and are not aware that it is a great option for most people. A living donor can reduce or altogether eliminate the need to wait for an organ while on the deceased donor list.
We are passionate about living donation and dedicated in helping those in need of transplant by promoting education and raising awareness about the importance of living donation.
For people in need of a transplant, we realize there are challenges in reaching out to others about kidney donation. These might include:
- How to communicate with others the importance of living donation
- Understanding the process of becoming a living donor
- How to use the best tools available to communicate a need to others
- How to initiate sensitive discussions about kidney donation with others
- Gaining access to resources that can assist in identifying potential kidney donors
About the living donor champion program
This program is currently only available for kidney donation.
UCHealth’s Living Donor Champion program is evidence based and modified from a study by the Johns Hopkins Transplant Center. This program is available to help with the challenge of discussing and finding a potential kidney donor.
What is a Living Donor Champion?
A Living Donor Champion (LDC) is a person who receives specialized education by members of our transplant and living donor team. We educate about transplant, the living donor process, how to use social media, and provide resources such as LDC business cards, UCHealth Media relations and other UCHealth materials. Our goal is to provide LDCs with the tools and education they need to help their friend or loved one find a potential living donor.
Who can be a Living Donor Champion?
Anyone can be a champion for live donation! A Champion can be a family member, friend, or colleague from work. Anyone who would like to help can become a Living Donor Champion.
Where is Living Donor Champion training held?
The training sessions take place at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.
Each session is a one-day, 4-hour training class (with breaks). There is no charge for this program.
Living Donor Champion training includes:
- Facts and background about transplant and living donation
- What to expect during the living donor evaluation process
- How to identify and approach potential donors
- How to use social networking and other tools on behalf of your recipient
- Understanding confidentiality rules about both potential donors and recipients
- Interactive question/answer sessions aimed at improving comfort with initiating and participating in conversations about organ donation
- Panel of past donors, champions, and kidney recipients for a discussion about first hand experiences with successful tools and strategies
- Face to face interactions with members of the transplant and living donor team
- Introduction and patient confidentiality
- Live donor education
- Financial issues
- How to use social networking to find a living donor
- Role play
- Frequently Asked Questions (and answers)
- Previous donor, living donor champion, and recipient panel
Again, Living Donor Champion training is FREE. Also, free and valet parking is available at each meeting, and we will provide refreshments.
If you are interested in learning more about this program, please call 720-848-0855 or send an email message to UCH-Transplantlivingdonor@uchealth.org