2/14+ National Donor Day

Donate Life Northwest remind us that February 14, 2020 is National Donor Day, and provides links to facilitate its celebration at https://mailchi.mp/donatelifenw.org/february-2020-donate-lifeline?e=d7486be0ed.  This web page also provides information about their March 12, 2020 Volunteer Orientation course in Portland, their Fundraising Team for the April 24-26, 2020 Eugene Marathon, planned giving, and their Threads of Life quilting project (quilt squares are due February 17, 2020).

3/4 KQF Kidney Disease Impact Conference

Kidneys Quest Foundation will present a free in-person one-day 2020 Kidney Disease Impact Conference in Los Angeles on March 4, 2020.  Conference topics will include improving renal health, preventing kidney failure, expanding options for kidney patients, dialysis, home dialysis, research, clinical trials, increasing available organs for transplant, transplant support, becoming a living donor, CKD and CVD, and pediatric CKD.

Invitation is extended to renal patients, social workers, registered nurses, dietitians, dialysis technicians, medical directors, administrators and organization managers, healthcare workers, friends and family of patients, and anyone interested in kidney disease and dialysis.  Attendance and onsite parking is free, and continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.  Continuing education credits for nurses, social workers, dietitians, and dialysis technicians are available for a $50 fee.  Pre-registration is required, and space is limited.  Register at:

Find complete details, including the Conference agenda and sponsor registration information, at http://kidneysquestfoundation.org/2020-kidney-disease-impact-conference.html.

2/27 DPC and NKF re Living Donors

Dialysis Patient Citizens will present a February 27, 2020 national conference call on Having Your Donor Find You, led by a twice-successful living-donor transplant recipient.  For details see https://www.dpcedcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/202002_flier.pdf.

NKF has also recently released an online essay on Five Big Benefits of Living Donation for the Donor.  The “five” mostly apply to donation to a spouse, relative, or close friend, but the article also includes two additional Big Benefits to any living donor.  Find the essay at https://www.kidney.org/newsletter/5-big-benefits-living-donation-donor.

NW16 3/1 NKF Community Symposium, Portland

NKF will present their Annual Kidney Community Symposium in Portland on March 1, 2020, featuring sessions on The Future of Kidney Care, Home Dialysis, Living Donation, and the presentation of the Elizabeth Kemble Friends of the Kidney Community Award.  For details and registration, see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/PKG/PKG2020PtSymp.pdf.

12/3+ UCLA CORE Kidney Program and UKEEP

UCLA’s CORE Kidney Program has announced the timing of their next several webinars, UKEEP meetings, and annual Kidney Fair at the Beach.  They will present:

  • A December 3, 2019 webinar on the UCLA CORE Kidney Program itself called Giving Tuesday; find a poster about it, with registration information, at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/UKEEP/UCLACore120719.pdf.
  • A December 8, 2019 UKEEP meeting on Drugs and Medications: What You Need to Know.
  • A January 16, 2020 webinar on High Blood Pressure: What You Need to Know.
  • A February 13, 2020 webinar on Living Kidney Donation.
  • Their May 17, 2020 Kidney Fair at the Beach.

For more information on these and to RSVP, see https://www.uclahealth.org/core-kidney/upcoming-events.

NW18 9/3 How to Find a Donor

Please join us for a FREE in person event where you will learn more about finding a living kidney donor!

When? – September 3, 2019 from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Where? – Glendale, CA

During this event you will learn how to find a living kidney donor!

This event will be a taught by Nancy Marlin, a kidney patient who has been through the process. She will share how she was able to successfully find a living kidney donor through sharing her kidney story with others.

She has a wealth of information to share with you so please don’t miss out on this great opportunity.

Please call to Register. Space is limited.


This event is free to you!

Parking is free and snacks will be provided.

We look forward to seeing you!

Event Information

Date: September 3, 2019

Location: 621 East Glenoaks Blvd. #B Glendale, CA 91207

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Please feel free to share with others!

NKR to Cover Lost Wages for Kidney Donors

The National Kidney Registry (NKR) has extended lost wage coverage and other features of the Donor Care Network’s (DCN) Donor Shield program to all kidney donors enrolled in the Registry.  The NKR and DCN are private foundations started in 2007 by the parents of a child whose kidneys failed, after their difficulty finding a donor whose blood type and other genetic factors (human leukocyte antigens or HLA) matched enough to reduce the rate of organ rejection.  NKR has since developed an impressive list of innovations that have greatly facilitated reciprocal swaps and chains to match the HLA of donors and recipients:

  • Faster and cheaper shipping of donated kidneys
  • Improvements to HLA coding that have reduced match failures from 50% to 5%
  • Universal financial agreement to end financial incompatibility between transplant centers
  • GPS tracking of organs in transit
  • Registered donor pre-screening and development of computable matching algorithms
  • Cryo-preservation of donor blood to reduce repeated blood draws
  • Advance donation when intended recipients don’t need a transplant yet
  • Insurance and other support for registered donors
  • Remote donation so donors don’t have to travel to donate
  • Several other innovations that are too complicated to summarize in one line

DCN’s programs include broad Donor Shield insurance coverage, fast online pre-screening of potential donors, workup and post-op recovery at DCN centers located close to the donor to reduce donor travel, and donor feedback systems to facilitate process improvement.  They are also piloting lifetime post-op insurance coverage for donors.  There are fourteen DCN donations centers spread across the US, including one in Seattle and two in Southern California.

For details on the Donor Shield extension, see https://www.healio.com/nephrology/kidney-care-community/news/online/%7b517d83ee-4a44-4af9-9a5c-7085daf0cdcc%7d/national-kidney-registry-will-reimburse-donors-for-lost-wages.  Find more information on NKR at https://www.kidneyregistry.org/ and on DCN at https://www.donorcarenet.org/programs/.