Patient guide for COVID-19 Sharing real-life patient and donor stories Sharing real-life patient and donor stories Honoring the diversity of our transplant community Honoring the diversity of our transplant community Leading the field in kidney transplant
education and research
Leading the field in kidney transplant education and research
Helping you make informed decisions about your treatment options Helping you make informed decisions about your treatment options Guiding you as you make a treatment plan that is right for you Guiding you as you make a treatment plan that is right for you Supporting you in your exploration
of living donation
Supporting you in your exploration of living donation
Guiding you through the process of
finding a living donor
Guiding you through the process of finding a living donor
Creating user-friendly tools that help you make informed decisions Creating user-friendly tools that help you make informed decisions Partnering to advance health literate education about transplant and living donation Partnering to advance health literate education about transplant & living donation Educating dialysis providers so they can provide better transplant education Educating dialysis providers so they can provide better transplant education

Let’s explore transplant together

Welcome! Congratulations on deciding to learn more about kidney transplant and living donation. Whether you are a patient, family member, friend, potential donor, or healthcare provider, we are here to help.

Explore Transplant is a national consortium of leading experts in transplant, health literacy, and research. Our commitment is to provide you with the best education and decision-making tools available.

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13 hours ago

Interested in hearing what living kidney donors and recipients have to say about their experiences and how the Living Donation Storytelling Project has helped them? Tune in to Dr. Waterman's Terasaki Talk!

Monday, December 7, 9:30-10:30PST

https://terasaki.org/institute/news/…
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Interested in hearing what living kidney donors and recipients have to say about their experiences and how the Living Donation Storytelling Project has helped them? Tune in to Dr. Watermans Terasaki Talk!

Monday, December 7, 9:30-10:30PST

https://terasaki.org/institute/news/events/tt/tt120720.html

1 day ago

Watch Shawna's story to see what it was like for her being a kidney donor. Find more stories from donors, recipients, and allies at the Living Donation Storytelling Project. ... See MoreSee Less

2 days ago

Have you gotten your flu shot yet? Find out why this year's flu shot is more important than ever. For more information on COVID-19 and the flu, visit the CDC website on flu season. https://cdc.gov/flu/season/… ... See MoreSee Less

2 days ago

COVID-19 cases have been on the rise again, so remember to keep practicing social distancing to keep yourself and others safe. Wear a mask, and keep 6 feet of social distance whenever you're out in public. Find more COVID-19 tips and facts on our website. ... See MoreSee Less

COVID-19 cases have been on the rise again, so remember to keep practicing social distancing to keep yourself and others safe. Wear a mask, and keep 6 feet of social distance whenever youre out in public. Find more COVID-19 tips and facts on our website. https://exploretransplant.org/covid-19/

3 days ago

Check out our Living Donation Storytelling Library to watch over 100 stories from donors, recipients, and more! If you have your own story, we'd love to hear it. ... See MoreSee Less

Check out our Living Donation Storytelling Library to watch over 100 stories from donors, recipients, and more! If you have your own story, wed love to hear it. https://explorelivingdonation.org/

3 days ago

One person can change a life. It's not too late to be a part of #GivingTuesday this year and support the Living Donation Storytelling Project. Help us collect more stories and expand our digital platform to multiple languages to share the stories of living organ donors and recipients and work to alleviate the organ shortage.

https://justgiving.com/campaign/…
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4 days ago

"I felt like a completely new person. I was now able to go swimming, I could go for walks in the evening, I had dinner every night with my wife and family. It was like turning back the clock to a younger healthier me" -Ken, Kidney Recipient

Today is #GivingTuesday and we ask you to consider contributing to the Living Donation Storytelling Project. Your support can inspire, educate, and save lives! This project can help more people in desperate need of a transplant use this digital platform to ask friends and family to consider being living donors. Learn more about the Storytelling Project and donate here: https://justgiving.com/campaign/…
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I felt like a completely new person. I was now able to go swimming, I could go for walks in the evening, I had dinner every night with my wife and family. It was like turning back the clock to a younger healthier me -Ken, Kidney Recipient 

Today is #GivingTuesday and we ask you to consider contributing to the Living Donation Storytelling Project.  Your support can inspire, educate, and save lives!  This project can help more people in desperate need of a transplant use this digital platform to ask friends and family to consider being living donors. Learn more about the Storytelling Project and donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/TRECLivingDonorStorytellingLibrary

4 days ago

Have you watched B Positive on CBS? Read Erica's blog post on what patients, donors, and experts in the transplant field have to say about this new sitcom: https://exploretransplant.org/television-and-medic… ... See MoreSee Less

Have you watched B Positive on CBS? Read Ericas blog post on what patients, donors, and experts in the transplant field have to say about this new sitcom: https://exploretransplant.org/television-and-medicine-patients-donors-and-medical-professionals-respond-to-new-cbs-sitcom-about-living-donation/

5 days ago

Many doctors are offering telehealth services so they can follow social distancing rules while also caring for their patients. Call your provider to see what telehealth services they have! For more tips like this, click the link in the bio for our full COVID-19 guide ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

Kidney transplant is a viable option for many patients with kidney disease. Consider discussing it with your doctor to see if you are eligible. Visit our website for more CKD and transplant information: exploretransplant.org ... See MoreSee Less

Kidney transplant is a viable option for many patients with kidney disease. Consider discussing it with your doctor to see if you are eligible. Visit our website for more CKD and transplant information: exploretransplant.org

1 week ago

This year, we'd like to give thanks to all all the donors and recipients who have embarked on their kidney transplant journeys, everyone who has shared their story with us, and to the entire transplant community for spreading awareness about kidney donation! Remember to stay safe by socially distancing while celebrating this year! Share what you're thankful for in the comments! ... See MoreSee Less

This year, wed like to give thanks to all all the donors and recipients who have embarked on their kidney transplant journeys, everyone who has shared their story with us, and to the entire transplant community for spreading awareness about kidney donation! Remember to stay safe by socially distancing while celebrating this year! Share what youre thankful for in the comments!

1 week ago

Not only has Matt's mother been supportive throughout his battle with kidney disease, she is also going to be his donor! Because of her generous gift, Matt hopes to live longer for his son, and also return to his passion for martial arts. Matt's mom says, "It's just awesome to be able to give him hopefully a better life. I want to see him have a life that is normal." After his transplant, Matt hopes to live longer for his son, and also return to his passion for martial arts.

Full article: https://wjla.com/news/local/…
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Not only has Matts mother been supportive throughout his battle with kidney disease, she is also going to be his donor! Because of her generous gift, Matt hopes to live longer for his son, and also return to his passion for martial arts. Matts mom says, Its just awesome to be able to give him hopefully a better life. I want to see him have a life that is normal. After his transplant, Matt hopes to live longer for his son, and also return to his passion for martial arts. 

Full article: https://wjla.com/news/local/va-martial-arts-fighter-on-kidney-transplant-waitlist-to-have-one-donated-by-mom

1 week ago

Celebrate Thanksgiving safely this year and follow these tips to help you keep the rest of your family and yourself safe! For the full COVID-19 guide for kidney patients, visit our website: ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

When you were first starting your transplant journey, did you ever have questions for other transplant patients? Share your story to educate future kidney recipients and donors to help them on their path to a new, healthy life: ... See MoreSee Less

When you were first starting your transplant journey, did you ever have questions for other transplant patients? Share your story to educate future kidney recipients and donors to help them on their path to a new, healthy life: https://explorelivingdonation.org/

2 weeks ago

Earlier this year, Dr. Waterman gave a talk for One Lambda Inc's Patient Voice Series. In this talk, she discusses how crucial patient education is to help more people access living donation, which can help solve the national kidney shortage crisis. Read the full article and watch the full talk here: https://onelambda.com/en/about-us/… ... See MoreSee Less

Earlier this year, Dr. Waterman gave a talk for One Lambda Incs Patient Voice Series. In this talk, she discusses how crucial patient education is to help more people access living donation, which can help solve the national kidney shortage crisis. Read the full article and watch the full talk here:  https://www.onelambda.com/en/about-us/news/patient-voices/pvs-waterman.html

2 weeks ago

Contact your doctor ASAP if you have a fever, cough, or trouble breathing, or suspect you might have COVID-19. They'll help you decide the best course of action to keep you and your loved ones safe! Find more COVID-19 facts on our website: ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

After spending 3 years on dialysis, Geraldean will soon hopefully be receiving a life saving living donor kidney transplant, thanks to her son! On her birthday, her son Howard donated to a stranger so she could get a kidney through the NKR's Voucher Program. Full article here: https://fox17.com/news/local/… ... See MoreSee Less

After spending 3 years on dialysis, Geraldean will soon hopefully be receiving a life saving living donor kidney transplant, thanks to her son! On her birthday, her son Howard donated to a stranger so she could get a kidney through the NKRs Voucher Program. Full article here: https://fox17.com/news/local/memorable-present-son-donates-kidney-for-his-mothers-birthday-antioch-nashville-tennessee

2 weeks ago

Your living donor story might inspire others to do the same. Share your story and join a growing community of living donation advocates: ... See MoreSee Less

Your living donor story might inspire others to do the same. Share your story and join a growing community of living donation advocates:  https://explorelivingdonation.org/

2 weeks ago

Are you a kidney patient in need of a kidney donor and a platform to share your story on? Visit the Living Donation Storytelling Project to tell your story and join a growing community of living donation advocates and educators. ... See MoreSee Less

Are you a kidney patient in need of a kidney donor and a platform to share your story on? Visit the Living Donation Storytelling Project to tell your story and join a growing community of living donation advocates and educators. http://explorelivingdonation.org/

2 weeks ago

Remember to register and attend tomorrow!

Join Dr. Amy Waterman for a @terasakiinst talk on "The Power of Digital Storytelling to Education, Empower, and Engage Patients and Prospective Donors".⁠

Friday, November 20th at 9:00am Pacific Time.⁠

Registration link here:
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Remember to register and attend tomorrow!
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Join Dr. Amy Waterman for a @terasakiinst talk on The Power of Digital Storytelling to Education, Empower, and Engage Patients and Prospective Donors.⁠
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Friday, November 20th at 9:00am Pacific Time.⁠
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Registration link here: https://terasaki.org/institute/news/events.html

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