Talk About the Need for a Living Kidney Donor

Most people who need a kidney struggle with the idea of asking someone to be their donor. It’s important to remember that people can’t help if they don’t understand the situation. These tools have helped many other people find a living donor.


Who Do You Know

Use the image below to help you create a list of all the people you can share the story with:


To help find a living donor, think about who you can share your story with

Talk About It

Share the latest facts about the patient’s situation and be very clear about what they are experiencing.


Start the Conversation


Here are some suggestions for the patient to use to start this conversation, which can be easily changed for use by a living donor champion:


“I need to talk to you about something very personal.”


“My kidneys are failing, and my doctor told me I need a kidney transplant as soon as possible.”


“The transplant team told me I could be waiting several years for a deceased donor kidney.”


“Three times a week, I have to get dialysis, which means I can’t do X activity or work like I used to.”


Introduce Living Donation

“My doctor said my best option is to find someone who is willing to donate their kidney.”


“A living kidney donor would prolong my life.”

“The transplant team at UW Health does more than 100 living donation surgeries every year.”


“They have living donation nurse coordinators who can answer questions.”

Ask Them to Consider Donation

“Asking for a kidney donation is really difficult. I never thought I would be coming to you with this.”

“I don’t know if living donation is something you would consider, but here’s a card that will tell you how you can learn more.”

“This may not be an option for you, but thank you for learning more about it.”

“Whatever your decision, I won’t be offended or hurt. I value our relationship and no matter what that will never change.”