|"HE WHO SAVES ONE LIFE, IT'S AS IF HE SAVED THE ENTIRE WORLD"
- Talmud Sanhedrin
*ABC TV special *
"Giving Life: The Story of
March 22, 2008
Philip Palmer, TV Anchorman talks about
his kidney donation, Great program!
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|Chaya Lipschutz, Kidney Donor/Kidney Matchmaker
Also received an award from
Kings County (NY) District Attorney, Charles Hynes
photo receiving the award, click here
was mentioned in articles/news stories in
The New York Daily News
Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Salt Lake City Tribune
KRGV-ABC-TV News, Rio Grande Valley, Texas
CBS TV News, Birmingham, Alabama
The Jewish Chronicle, England
The Jerusalem Post - Israel
plus many other websites/news articles.
Hashem, (G-d), give us two kidneys? Perhaps it is so you would have an extra one to donate
and save a life!"
- Dr. Stuart Greenstein, Kidney Transplant Surgeon, Professor of Surgery,
Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY Source of quote: www.ourjerusalem.com
again." - April Capone, former Mayor of East Haven, CT, donated a kidney to a stranger.
Source of quote: www.cbsnews.com
their second kidney. It's the most expendable of organs. So giving up a kidney causes no
disadvantage to your long-term health. In fact, studies have shown, that kidney donors actually
live longer than the general population - because donors come from a pool of people in good
- Dr. Michael Edye, former Adjunct Associate Professor of surgery, Mount Sinai
Medical Center, New York, NY. Source of quote: www.nydailynews.com
give for the pure sake of giving, brings the biggest joy imaginable. I am profoundly grateful for the
opportunity that changed my life in every way."
- Lori Palatnik, donated a kidney to a stranger. Her story: : "A Kidney To Give"
"Since my kidney donation, I feel richer than Donald Trump and Bill Gates combined!"
- David Koster, donated a kidney to a stranger. His story: "Kidney Donor Speaks Out"
been an amazing experience that ranks right up there with the birth of my 9 children. If I could, I
would do it again tomorrow."
- Rabbi Ephraim Simon, donated a kidney to a stranger. His story, click on "Rabbi's Kidney Donation Inspires Community"
experience in my life, second only to the birth of my three wonderful sons."
- Tirtza Rosenthal, who donated a kidney to a stranger
"They (the hospital) did not prepare me for the joy that I felt after donating. It's been amazing. I
would do it again if I could. "
- Sophia Goode who donated a kidney to a stranger, starting a kidney chain
*For other quotes, click on "Donate a Kidney" tab
Over 82,000 people in the USA alone are awaiting a life-saving kidney. Thousands of people die
each year waiting for a life-saving kidney. The purpose of this website is to educate the public
about living kidney donation and inspire others to donate a kidney, so many more lives can be
saved. If you are considering donating a kidney, please feel free to contact me. I can give you all the
information you need, no obligation!
I donated a kidney to a stranger in September 2005 after seeing an ad in a weekly newspaper
placed by a person in need of a kidney.
Since my kidney donation, I have been wanting to do more - to help save the lives of others in
need of a kidney. I first took out a booth at an expo in New York City in December 2005, to educate the
public about kidney donation. I have since made some kidney matches and have more in the works. My
brother donated a kidney as well, to someone on my list of people who was in need of a kidney. For
more information about myself click on the "About Chaya Lipschutz" tab
Thanks for stopping by!
Kidney Donor & Kidney Matchmaker
they named me, that I would end up living up to my name, saving lives!
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For those considering donating a kidney:
As a kidney donor myself, I would be happy to answer all your questions regarding kidney
donation. No obligation ever. Please feel free to e-mail me at KidneyMitzvah@aol.com. You can also
click on "Contact Us" for your convenience.
For more information about kidney donation, please click on the "Donate a Kidney" tab. If you
would like to read some great articles about other kidney donors and/or would like to access other
informative websites on kidney donation, you can click on the tab "Websites-Kidney Donation"
Here is a sample of one of the informative articles that may be important for someone considering kidney
donation to read - click on the Los Angeles Times article: "Kidney Donors Have A Normal Life Span,
Study Finds." Also, another great article to check out, this one from Scienceline.org - click on this article
- "One Kidney Is More Than Enough - Living Kidney Donors Survive, Thrive And Rarely Suffer
From Kidney Problems."
age of 88 from pneumonia, "Pioneering Kidney Transplant Donor Dies At 88" Click here for the article.
long or longer and enjoy better quality of life than the general population.
Personal note: Not long ago, I took a blood test that showed that my createnine level has improved
since my kidney donation! Which means, I have even better kidney function with having only one
kidney, instead of two! Also, my HDL (good cholesterol) level is about 10 points higher now then before
my kidney donation! OK - this has nothing to do with my kidney functioning, but overall I may be able to
say, I am healthier now with one kidney, then I was with two!
with others our plans to give up a kidney, (which we don't generally need, according to experts
in the field,) we have encountered people who have thought that we were crazy for donating a
kidney. Generally since most of the population doesn't know anything about kidney donation,
this is a "normal" reaction. I strongly suggest for those considering kidney donation, to speak to
people who are educated about kidney donation, whether it is someone who has already donated a
kidney, a doctor who specializes in this field, or contact any kidney transplant center that would be happy to
give you all the information you need. Or you can always feel free to contact me or refer them to me and
would be happy to provide them with information. Or you can also always refer them to this website! Let
them check out the quotes from people in the kidney transplant field on the "Donate a Kidney" page of
this website and see "Quotes from Kidney Transplant Professionals on Kidney Donation" on the left
hand side of that page.
taxes for lost wages or transportation due to organ donation And if you are a Federal employee, you can
take off up to 30 days for donating an organ. However one cannot get paid for kidney donation, which is
mails. I already have a huge list of people, many of them in a very desperate need and unfortunately can't
help mostly all of them at this time since I rarely get responses from people who want to donate a kidney..
At least 95% of the e-mails I get regarding a kidney - is from people who NEED a kidney, not from
people who want to donate a kidney! Sorry to tell you this. If you e-mail me and I don't respond on
time, or don't respond at all, please forgive me. I get so many e-mails I have to respond to as is, and
have an older mother I have to help out as well. I apologize from the bottom of my heart. I wish I can help
you all, but unfortunately, it's hard to get any donors despite all the publicity I am getting. Most of the
time I post for others, unfortunately, I don't get responses. Where are all the good people? That's why it is
so important to get family members to test. If no family members, then other relatives. If no relatives can
donate a kidney, then friends, acquaintances, etc. And if someone wants to donate and is not your blood
type, to do a swap through your hospital. If you have a potential donor and is unsure or needs more info -
have that person contact me. Thanks and again, my apologies
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For those who already donated a kidney:
donate a kidney and many wish they can do more - like encourage others to donate a kidney. Please click
on the "Already Donated a Kidney" tab, for ideas, to share experiences etc. I would happy to hear from
you! There is a form you can fill out on that page - optional, of course. Also, I recently started a Kidney
Donors Club on Facebook - so you can join me on Facebook as well.
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I had once read a story about June McGlashen, an ex- cop who was in need of a kidney in the NY Daily News.
The article was titled, "Retired Cop, Sibs Wrestle With Rare Genetic Kidney Ill." I had contacted Ernie Nespretto
who was a reporter at that time with the NY Daily News saying that I would like to try to help her. So, we got in touch
with each other and I invited June to hear me speak. I had decided to incorporate in my speech that evening about
June, this ex-cop who has done so much for New York, making it one of the safest big cities in the US - that we
should now try to do something for her. Her boyfriend came as well to hear me speak that evening. So I decided to
speak to her boyfriend to try to get him to donate a kidney to his girlfriend, At that point, he didn't even know his
blood type. Anyhow, in the end, I went to visit them in the hospital after the kidney donation and they both said that
it was because of me that he ended up donating a kidney to her. Sometimes even a friend can be reluctant to do
so. With the right education many others might consider as well. For a speech I gave at this event in which I spoke
about this ex-cop - click here: My speech at a Kidney Disease and Organ Transplantation Forum. This
speech also tells the story about my kidney donation - and why I was turned down a number of times before I was
finally able to donate a kidney.
Update: June McGlashen engaged to her boyfriend who donated a kidney to her! She called me a while ago
to tell me that she was engaged to him! Congratulations! (She must have gotten married by now!)
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HELP SAVE A LIFE!
Mother of 2 in desperate need of a life-saving kidney. If you would like to help save the life of
this wonderful mom, please click on the "Contact Us" tab above the page to contact me or e-mail me
at KidneyMitzvah@aol.com. (Please note. People of all blood types needed, in general, for kidney
donation! So please feel free to contact me to help save a life.)
KIDNEY DONORS - HONOR ROLL
Below is a partial list of some great people who have donated a kidney - and most donated a
kidney to a stranger! I have been in touch with many of these wonderful people. This website is
dedicated to them!
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September - October 2014
American Life": on NPR. My interview resulted in numerous lives being saved and still continued to save lives after
all these years! Sophia Goode of Clinton, Washington, contacted me recently telling me that she donated a kidney
on July 8th, sand said she was inspired to donate a kidney after hearing me on "This American Life!" She walked
into her local hospital, started a kidney chain! We don't know yet how many lives have been saved as a result, but
this wonderful woman told me that she was told she donated a kidney to someone who had a PRA of 99.9 - meaning
that the person she donated a kidney to, had less than a 1% chance in finding a match! Wow! Isn't that
wonderful! Will post here in the future if I find out how many in this kidney chain ended up getting a kidney.
result of a posting in a Jewish internet group. She tested locally to see if she is a match for someone in New York
Will find out by the end of September whether she is a match or not.. Last month, I reported that a potential donor
who had finnished her medical testing and was waiting to see if she was cleared or not. Unfortunately, she was
turned down because she is too thin! She is going to try to put on weight. And another person who tested for
kidney donation, found out she was not a good enough match. Instead she will be testing for someone else at
another hospital who needs a kidney.
in New York City, on behalf of Torrey Green from Florida, who was about 7 years on dialysis and in desperate need
of a kidney. One of the things I mentioned in my interview, that Torrey: "he is a special person and whom ever
donates a kidney to him, will be lucky" Sara Toffelli, 43 years old, of Bound Brook, NJ is one of those who
responded and donated a kidney to him! What a wonderful person she is! To watch this TV interview that Torrey
and I were initially on when he was interviewed about his needing a kidney,October 2013, click here. And here is a
follow-up story on this kidney match - with Torrey and his donor that aired in June. Great story! Click here
MY LATEST KIDNEY MATCH! A Mother of 5 from New Jersey, donated a kidney on May 6th to a a father of 2
from New Jersey. Transplant took place at New York Presbytarian-Cornell. Donor saw a posting I had in a Jewish
internet group! Donor's husband is a well known Rabbi of a Congregation. Donor wishes to remain anonymous for
MY 2nd LATEST KIDNEY MATCH! Yehoshua Kahn, 37 year old father of 4 from a suburb of Jerusalem,
donated a kidney in January to a mother of 5 from Ashdod. Transplant took place in Beilinson, Petah Tikva in
January. Yehoshua contacted me that he wanted to donate a kidney after he saw a posting I had for his recipient in
an Israeli website! Yehoshua is a former resident of Los Angeles, moved to Israel 17 years ago. This is the 2nd
kidney match I made for this family. The first one was in 2012 to the son of his recipient! The family has PKD -
Polycystic Kidney Disease which is hereditary.
Facebook that I was there. Someone from Israel contacted me through Facebook that he wanted to thank me in
person, not realizing that I had already come back to the USA. I asked him why he wanted to thank me. He said, he
donated a kidney in Israel to a stranger, because of this website! How cool is that!
kidney recipient from a match I had made in Israel, was interviewed for The Jerusalem Post. I was mentioned in this
article. For the article, "The Human Spirit: When One Good Deed Leads To Another" - click here.
friend! A very special person, who did great Mitzvahs (good deeds) for decades. Since she passed away, I took
upon myself my mother's Mitzvah project and since then, have not been able to do as much with my kidney
donation project. I am sorry I won't be able to help most of the people who have contacted me who are in need
of a kidney. If anyone out there would like to donate a kidney - will still be matching up when I can, so please
Hamodia, click here. For the article I wrote about her in Yated Ne'eman, click here.
HUSBAND AND WIFE both donated a kidney to a stranger!! First the wife - Baila Teitelbaum, 37 years
old, from Brooklyn, (lives a few blocks from my house,) donated a kidney years ago, as a result of a flier I hung up a
couple of blocks away at a fish store, seeking kidney donors. Then, her husband, Aaron, 43 years old, donated a
kidney recently! (I had only made the wife's kidney match). What special people they are!
remain anonymous, donated a kidney in a kidney swap! He contacted me that he wanted to donate a kidney, as a
result of a Jewish internet group. He was not a match for a man in Illinois whom I had him test for, but donated a
kidney in a kidney swap through the National Kidney Registry. And in return, the person I had him test for and
wasn't a match for, got a kidney from someone else in the swap! Swaps are the way to go for many who have a
hard time finding a match! Transplant took place at New York Presbytarian- February 2013.
Prior to that. I had another kidney match that happened, less than 2 months before. A man in his 50's, father of 3
from New Jersey, who had moved to Israel some years ago donated a kidney to Enid Wurtman, a 70 year old
woman, who was from Philadelphia who had moved to Israel decades ago. There were many news stories about her
in the USA and in Israel and she had at least 20 donors prior and none had worked out! Donor was a result of my
posting for her in a Jewish internet group. Transplant took place at Beilinson in Israel last December.
FACEBOOK KIDNEY MATCH! I had my first Facebook kidney match! Peter DelMasto, a 58 year old Special
Ed teacher from Massachussets donated a kidney to a 71 year old man, as a result of a posting I had on one of my
Facebook groups, for his recipient! Transplant took place at New York Presbytarian - Columbia November 2012
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Rabbi from New York City, donated a kidney to a stranger in May 2012 to a 22 year old man from Israel! Kidney
transplant was in Israel. This mother of 8, was spending a year in Israel decided to donate a kidney while there!
She contacted me that she had wanted to donate a kidney after seeing a posting I had for the person she ended up
donating a kidney to.
Transplant took place at Beilinson in Israel. Daniel contacted me after seeing a posting I had in a Jewish group in
Israel for a 24 year old who needed a kidney. That 24 year old found another donor, so I contacted another kidney
donor who is with an organization in Israel called Matnat Chaim,(Gift of Life) and he knew of 2 other 24 year olds in
Israel who needed a kidney and so Daniel donated to one of the two!
mother of 3 from Israel. Transplant took place at Montefiore Medical Center, NY. Rabbi Sytner contacted me that
he wanted to donate a kidney, after reading about me in a magazine, called Jewish Action. Another kidney donor
who is with an organization in Israel Matnat Chaim, knew of a mother of 3 in Israel who needed a kidney and willing
to come to the USA for a transplant, and so I asked Rabbi Sytner to get in touch with this other kidney donor. To
read Rabbi Sytner's great story, "The Greatest Gift I Ever Gave", click here
For the article, click here.
ONE OF MY LATEST TV INTERVIEWS: I was interviewed for News12, Bronx. Filming took place at
Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Also interviewed, was a doctor with that hospital and also someone on my
list who needs a kidney. I was also interviewed last year on News12, Brooklyn. Also interviewed, was as a kidney
recipient from a kidney match I made. To watch this short interview, "Kidney Matchmaker" click here.
a kidney to a 13 year old girl form Brooklyn, New York. Article about this match was in the October 30, 2011 edition
of the New York Daily News. Jennifer contacted me after seeing a posting I had in a Jewish internet group. For the
article, titled, "Brooklyn Teen Sofia Manfredi Finds Kidney Match, Donor on Web" click here. Transplant took
place at New York Presbytarian - Cornell, in New York City. This match also made the news in other newspapers as
SCIENTIST DONATES A KIDNEY!
a kidney in August to a 33 year old mother of 3 from Brooklyn. Jessica donated a kidney after seeing a posting I
had in a Jewish internet group. Transplant took place at Montefiore Medical Center, New York.
Congratulations to: Marci Rapps, 57 year old mother of 4 from Israel, (who had moved there from Canada), on
her kidney donation! Marci donated a kidney to a mother of 6, who also had moved to Israel from Canada. Marci
contacted me that she had wanted to donate a kidney after she saw a posting I had in a Jewish internet group in
Israel, for one of 2 sisters who needed a kidney. She ended up testing for both sisters and was a match for both!
Judith Abrahams, who moved to Israel from Scotland, ended up donating to the other sister. Both Marci and Judith
have become close friends, since meeting! Transplant took place at Beilinson in Israel. Marci has a great modest
swimwear business called MarSea Swimwear - www.Marseamodest.com. To read Marci's great interview, "Modest
Swimsuit Designer Donates Kidney to a Stranger," click here
Congratulations to: Aaron Lapp, 30 year old father of 4, from New York, (formerly of New Jersey), who donated
a kidney to a mother of 2 from Israel! This match was made with another kidney donor, who had asked me to find a
donor for this woman. I had posted for her in a Jewish internet group and Aaron responded! Transplant took place
at Montefiore Medical Center, in New York.
New York. Judith was referred to me by Lori Palatnik, another kidney donor, who's kidney match I had made! Judith
did so well, thank G-d, was released from the hospital the next day! Surgery was held at New York Presbytarian
hospital-Columbia, in New York. Transplant was filmed for a major TV network documentary.
Congratulations to Liba Bracha of Israel- formerly of the USA, on her kidney donation to a stranger! She
donated a kidney to a father of 7. Transplant took place at Beilinson hospital in Israel. Liba Bracha contacted me
that she wanted to donate a kidney, after seeing a posting I had in a Jewish Yahoo Group. Liba means beloved and
Bracha means, blessing! She is a very beloved person and a blessing to society! She certainly lives up to her
Thank you to Feigie Morgenstern of New York who spoke on a radio program about kidney donation, on behalf
of someone in desperate need of a kidney. I asked her to speak instead of me, as I knew she would do a greater
job, which she did! She was a 57 year old mother of 6 when she donated a kidney to a stranger. And, her niece and
brother-in-law also donated a kidney to a stranger! What a family!
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Then ends up donating a kidney in the world's largest kidney swap, in which 16 people received
Patrick Duncan of Virginia, contacted me last July after seeing my Craigs List posting for Flora, a Virginia woman
who needed a kidney. Flora had very high antibodies and was very difficult to find a match for. I had asked him if
he wasn't a match for her, if he can be in a swap for her at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington DC - one
of the hospitals that Flora was registered with. Anyhow, at that time, he didn't know anything about kidney swaps,
and asked me back then, "What exactly is a kidney swap and what does it entail?" I explained to him in depth what it
meant and Patrick got very interested in swaps based on the info I gave him. Anyhow, so he joined the swap that
would increase Flora's chances in getting a kidney as she was difficult to match, and swaps are the way to go with
people who are so difficult to match up.
hospitals had a swap for Flora. John Hopkins was the first hospital that contacted Flora that a match was found.
Another donor I had in a swap for her at John Hopkins, Sean Mackiewicz, ended up donating a kidney to someone
else in the swap, so she can get a kidney! And so I told Patrick that Flora got a kidney from someone at John
Hopkins and being that I asked Patrick to be in a swap for Flora at Georgetown University Hospital, he went ahead
and donated a kidney in their swap anyhow, which ended up being part of a swap in which 16 people got a kidney!
Way to go, Patrick! There was a great article written about his kidney swap. To read the article, "Surgeons Swap
32 Kidneys in Largest Ever Transplant in the U.S.", click here. To watch his fantastic NBC interview, click here.
Sean Mackiewicz of North Dakota donated a kidney in a swap!
the time and works in the oil fields, and is from North Dakota (formerly of Colorado) and had contacted me years
ago as a result of Craigs List posting I had seeking kidney donors. I asked Sean to test for Flora, but he was not a
match for her, but agreed to be in a swap for her that would increase her chances in getting a kidney. He stood by
her all these years waiting for a swap to come along! He is an amazing! He was the 7th person to donate a kidney
in the chain! And because of Sean's kidney donation, an 8th person received a kidney, as part of the chain! Sean
is doing very well an went back to work 9 days after his kidney donation! To watch Sean's interview "Williston Man
Donates A Kidney", that was on KXNET (CBS-TV, N. Dakota), click here. To read the article version of this story,
900 people show up to hear a Kidney Donor speak about her kidney donation!
people showed up to hear her speak! Wow! Great! Not many people can get a crowd like that!
Chaya (Bini) Masin, Mother of 4 from Florida, donated a kidney to a father of 2!
the name Chaya, means life-giving! Chaya Masin, a mother of 4 from Florida donated a kidney to Gabriel, a father
of 2 from Jerusalem. The kidney transplant took place in the USA. Chaya first contacted me when her friend was in
need of a kidney. She wasn't the right blood type, but wanted to donate to someone else instead. Chaya and her
recipient are doing great, thank G-d! Another life, saved!
There are many people out there who have wanted to donate a kidney, but because of the extensive medical testing
one has to do prior to donating a kidney, people have been ruled out from donating a kidney because they found
out they had a medical issue they didn't know about prior. So donating a kidney can result in one's own life
being saved! In this story though, this woman found out she had a tumor the size of a golf ball, behind her kidney.
Doctors were able to remove it and she still was able to donate a kidney! But had she not offered to donate a
kidney, she may have never found out about it! Someone once told me about a young man who was tested to
donate a kidney to someone, and he found out from one of the tests he had cancer! The cancer was removed as a
result. He was no longer able to donate a kidney, but if he didn't offer to test for someone in need of a kidney, he
may have not found out until much later on which could have been too late!
Chaya Ben Baruch, mother of 10 from Tsfat (Safed), Israel, donated a kidney to a father of 3!
kidney last August to a father of 3 from Israel! Someone in Israel who knows Chaya, saw my posting in Israel for
someone in need of a kidney and told her about it! She is an extraordinary person. She has one biological child
with Down's Syndrome and adopted 3 more Down's Syndrome children abandoned at birth! She has also
launched an organization in Israel called Birkat Haderech to encourage women either to keep their Down's babies,
or she helps them find the babies a loving home. The organization keeps a list of families prepared to foster Down's
babies, and contacts them when there is a baby in need of a home. Amazing! What a great mitzvah! Her transplant
took place at Beilinson Medical Center in Israel. To read her story, click here
Tirtza Rosenthal of Monsey, NY donated a kidney to father of a young child!
Tirtza go in touch with me after seeing a posting I had in Yahoo group for someone in need of a kidney. The man
she donated a kidney to, is hoping that he would now be able to have more children, as he hasn't been able to when
he was on dialysis! Tirtza met the person she donated a kidney to, for the first time when they both came out after
Tom O'Driscoll, of Houston Texas, donated a kidney to Carolyn B., a radio producer of Los Angeles at Cedars
Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles. Tom contacted me that he wanted to donate a kidney, after hearing me on ''This
American Life'' on NPR. My thanks to Amanda Nathan, a kidney recipient from San Antonio, Texas who
accompanied Tom to Los Angeles for his kidney donation, so she can assist him during his stay at the hospital! And
Amanda also arranged for Tom to stay with her relatives in Los Angeles for his recuperation! Wow! Amanda you
are awesome!!! Thank you so much! Carolyn's new kidney is working great, thank G-d!
Maggie Ervin's kidney donation, started a kidney chain!
got a kidney as a result! Maggie had contacted me after hearing me on ''This American Life'' on NPR and had
wanted to donate a kidney. We met when she first came to New York, and she is awesome! So humble and so
sweet! Anyhow, since she took a full time job she decided to donate locally and walked into a hospital and ended up
starting a kidney chain! Wow! To see a video of this amazing person and read about her kidney donation, ''How
This American Life, Saved A Life'', click here
a kidney as well! And Shmuel, made that kidney match as well!
* Congratulations to Rabbi Ephraim Simon, a father of 9 and kidney donor - who spoke at an event in Toronto on
behalf of people who need of a kidney, which resulted in 20 people coming forward to be tested for people
in need of a kidney! Wow!
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attend blood drives and bone marrow drives, because they want to save lives! So I figured it may be worth going to
talk to people about kidney donation as well! If you or a loved one is in need of a kidney, and does not have anyone
to donate a kidney to them, it may pay to go to a community blood drive or bone marrow drive and talk to people
about kidney donation.
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* A special thank you to Dr. Jonathan Winston, nephrologist at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY for
inviting me to a very fascinating symposium on the organ shortage. Dr. Winston was program chair and
moderator at this event which was organized by the Kidney & Urology Foundation of America.
I once former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg a while ago and I mentioned to him about something needs to be
done about the kidney shortage in New York. I handed him a letter about my ideas for incentives to get more people
to donate a kidney. Yes, the kidney shortage is not just a New York problem, but a major problem in every city in the
USA. And because of some of former Mayor Bloomberg's past reforms, New York has served as a role model for
other cities and countries throughout the world! So if something is done here in New York to get more people to
donate a kidney to prevent more people from dying, whatever program he would come up with, that could help
alleviate the kidney shortage not just in New York but perhaps in other cities in the USA as well! Over 7,000 people
are waiting for a kidney in NY alone.
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kidney! He is a car service driver and years ago spoke to this woman who was a passenger at the time, about
kidney donation. And she contacted David after her kidney donation recently, and said it was because of him she
donated a kidney to a stranger! H often speaks to his passengers about kidney donation and others have been
inspired and will hopefully others will donate a kidney as well. Wow! And all the other kidney donors who have done
so much like, Moshe M. - a father of 10 from Brooklyn, NY who donated a kidney to a stranger about 4 years ago,
also made his 2nd kidney match! Another kidney donor, Shmuel W. of Lakewood, NJ, was a young father of 2 kids,
when he donated a kidney, has made numerous kidney matches as well. And Lori Palatnik, of Silver Spring,
Maryland who is a mother of 5 and who also donated a kidney to a stranger, is a public speaker and has
encouraged people as well to donate a kidney. Wow! This doesn't surprise me! All of us kidney donors feel it was
no big deal to donate a kidney and want to do so much more! And some have!
mother of 12! Chaya L. had seen my posting in a Yahoo group about this mother of 12 who needed a kidney.
Donor and recipient are doing very well, thank G-d! I had made her kidney match.
match. Leah had found out about me through a posting I had for kidney donors that was forwarded to her,and
asked me to match her up with someone in need of a kidney, which I was happy to do!
was in need of a kidney and contacted me that she had wanted to donate a kidney. This flyer was in a printing store
in Flatbush, Brooklyn, That was an old flyer, and that person had already had a kidney transplant. Leah ended up
donating a kidney to someone else (not through me). She was supposed to donate a kidney years ago to her
mother - but her mother had died before she was able to donate a kidney to her. G-d bless Leah for doing a
wonderful thing in her mother's memory.
kidney and she was found not to be a match. She has since been in touch with the Maine Medical Center and
together with the New England Paired Kidney Exchange a match was found for her! Awesome!
* Karen Glover, of Boston, Massachussets donated a kidney to a stranger! Karen heard me on "This American Life"
on NPR and contacted me that she had wanted to donate a kidney. I had matched her up with someone, but she
was not a match. She had then decided to just walk into her local hospital and donate a kidney to anyone who
needed one! Wow! Anyhow, I spoke to Karen since her kidney donation and she and the person she donated a
kidney to, are doing great! She met her kidney recipient for the first time, 2 days after she donated a kidney to him!
Karen, way to go! So proud of you!!!
*Rabbi Ephraim Simon of Chabad Lubavitch, Teaneck, NJ donated a kidney to a stranger! Rabbi Simon is a father
of 10, youngest child is only 2 years old. Rabbi Simon saw a posting I had in a Jewish Yahoo Group. He is
awesome. Other times he had seen postings that I had for people who needed a kidney - he has said to me, "What
about me?" He wanted to save the world! To read his story, click on "Local Rabbi Donates Kidney To
Stranger." Also you can hear his radio interview on the "Donate A Kidney" page of this website - left hand side,
towards bottom of the page.
* Jordan Brough a father of a 1 year old boy donated a kidney and started a kidney chain! Jordan heard Chaya
talk on "This American Life" and decided to walk into a hospital to donate a kidney to anyone! And that resulted in a
14 person kidney exchange!! Jordan first met his recipient 2 weeks after donating a kidney. Wow! (see his picture,
left) For his story, click on, "The Chain Of Life: "Kidney Exchange Pools Doctors, Donors, Recipients." Must
say a hearty thank you to his wife for allowing him to donate a kidney, despite having a young child! G-d bless
you! And a great big thank you to all spouses out there who have allowed their spouse to donate a kidney! They
*Debbie Dunn of Utah, donated a kidney to a Stranger! Debbie contacted me about donating a kidney and I had
matched her up with 2 people on my list who needed a kidney. She wasn't a match for either. Anyhow - she just
walked into a hospital in Utah and decided to donate a kidney to anyone! Way to go! Debbie and the person who
she donated a kidney to are doing great, thank G-d!
contacted that she wanted to donate a kidney after hearing me on "This American Life" on NPR, which was
repeated on the air again, last January. Hospital: Mt. Sinai. (This match will be featured on a TV documentary and
has been the subject of recent newspaper articles and on-line websites) BOTH NANCY & her recipient ANTHONY
ARE DOING GREAT! Neither had any pain after their surgery! Nancy left the hospital only 1 day after her kidney
donation! And Anthony is home as well. His new kidney, which is working great! Thank G-d, no more dialysis for
him! Also, congratulations to Nancy on her new website! Check it out - "Kidney Mama: A Resource for Living
* Someone from England who needed a kidney (received one from a cadaver) told me that a story that was written
about 3 years ago about my kidney donation and project to help others, in an England newspaper - that article has
been posted for the past 3 years on the main board of the Kidney Transplant Division of the Royal Free Hospital in
London to encourage more kidney donation!
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* Great article: "What Prospective Kidney Donors Need to Know" Excellent, must read article for anyone
considering kidney donation. Published in the New York Daily News. Click here for the article.
* Check out great Kidney Donation article, "Chain of Life". Great three part multi-media series by Star Ledger-
New Jersey. . Click here for one of the series of articles: From there, you can check out the others in the series on
their website: www.nj.com. See also their great video, "Kidney Transplant Chain Helps Six Patients", on their
website - or on the bottom of the "Websites-Kidney Donors" page.
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There was an article on August 4th, 2009, on an ABC-TV website, titled "I Gave Away My Kidney" which was about
a woman in Scotland who said she donated a kidney after hearing a radio appeal asking for live donors to part with
Way back then I wrote, "Hmm. I like this idea of a "Kidney Drive", as I interpreted it. If this can happen in Scotland -
why not in the USA???!!!! Any ideas?"
UPDATE: I posted the above statement regarding this article and the idea of a Kidney Drive not long after the article
came out in 2009. I had also e-mailed this article with “Kidney Drive” on the subject line to an organization that I
know and also e-mailed it that same day, to a kidney transplant coordinator and surgeon at a hospital I am very
friendly with. Kind of e-mailed it as a hint. A kidney drive sounded like a nice idea. I didn't know though if this can
actually be done. Anyhow, about 6 weeks later, this organization had their first kidney drive! Lives are being saved
as a result. Great job! This organization is small, organization that does not want to be well known. Hopefully
though, other organizations will follow. And not just organizations, how about places of worship? So this can be
great for those who have a hard time finding a match, and in particular those who don't have family members to test
for them or anyone eligible to be in a swap for them.
to donate a kidney. The organization that had their first kidney drive, had posted also a Kidney Donors Honor Roll
at their kidney drive, listing people in their community who have donated a kidney. For those who would consider
doing a kidney drive, this a good idea, for others considering kidney donation, to see that others in their community
have done so. More about Kidney Drive, ideas, click on the "Need A Kidney" tab.
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Someone told me about her husband in need of a kidney. Has numerous children. Looking though for a stranger to
donate a kidney instead. I told the wife of the person in need of a kidney, that I can't help her husband. She needs
to have children tested. After telling her this, I see a posting on the internet that she is looking for a kidney for her
husband. This is not right! Someone else's child is ok to donate a kidney to her husband, but not her own child??
What is also outrageous, is that the hospital where her husband is registered with, does not care whether a person
gets a kidney from a family member or stranger. They will accept a stranger, without questioning family members to
test first. A coordinator at this hospital has said "We do not mandate that family be tested first......So even if they
have children, it's ok for them to get a stranger" Oy!
a kidney to someone who has no family members who are not a match. And if someone who needs a kidney has a
family member who is not a match - they should do a swap through their hospital. If their hospital doesn't have a
swap program, they should switch to a hospital that does! The fact of the matter is, this particular person who
doesn't want to have family members test, their hospital is connected with 2 swap/paired exchange programs.
A hospital should first screen all family members of those in need of a kidney and encourage that family member to
donate - and should only have strangers donate as a last resort, if family members are disqualified for medical or
Before any person considers donating a kidney to a stranger, they have the right to question that person who needs
the kidney to find out if they have possibly any family members that can donate a kidney to them and question if
there is a family member, why that family member cannot donate to the person who needs a kidney. One should
reserve their kidney to donate it to someone who has no one in their family that is a possibility. There are plenty of
such people out there that desperately need a kidney and have no family members that are a possiblity to donate a
kidney to them.
|What's new? See newsletter below,
|Utah man donates a kidney, which resulted in a massive 14 person exchange!
This Utah man,had decided to donate a kidney after hearing Chaya on "This American Life" on NPR. For more information about
this great story, click on this article, from the Salt Lake City Tribune, click on this link in 2 parts: "The Chain of Life"
|PLEASE HELP SAVE A LIFE!!!
If you are any blood type, you can help save a life!
Many of those are in desperate need! If you would
like more info, check out the Donate A Kidney tab on
this website, or click on the Contact Us tab. Thanks!!!
Maggie Erwin of San Francisco on her kidney donation that started a
kidney chain! 3 people received a kidney because of her!
Maggie donated a kidney after hearing Chaya on This American Life, on NPR.
|- Chaya's TV interview -
For the video of this show, click here
(Also, interviewed on this TV news program, is a kidney recipient
from one of Chaya's kidney matches )
|* THIS WEBSITE SAVED A LIFE! *
Chaya Lipschutz received an e-mail from someone
who said that he donated a kidney because of this
website! Isn't that great!
|* CONSIDERING DONATING A KIDNEY? *
New great video with information on kidney donation!
Click here for more info!
Sean Mackiewicz of North Dakota, donated a kidney through a
swap at John Hopkins, as a result of Chaya's posting on Craigs
LIst! He went back to work 9 days later after donating a kidney!
(See newsletter below for more details!)
Patrick Duncan of Virginia
donated a kidneyj in the biggest kidney swap
in which 16 people received a kidney!
Patrick contacted Chaya before donated a kidney
and she inspired him to join a kidney swap!
(More info under "newsletter" below.)
|83 YEAR OLD MAN
donated a kidney!
For the article, click here
| * Welcome! *
|HUSBAND & WIFE
DONATED A KIDNEY!
For the story, of this amazing couple,
click here (Note: This article was written
before the husband donated his kidney)