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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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6 hours ago

We're not crying, you're crying!😢 Richard is a living kidney donor and one of our amazing storytellers. You can watch the rest of his story and hundreds more on our Living Donation Storytelling Library!!💚 www.explorelivingdonation.org #livingdonorstories #donatelifemonth ... See MoreSee Less

1 day ago

We have chills❄️-the good kind, reading this quote from Amanda, a living kidney donor. You can listen to Amanda’s donation story and hundreds more on our Living Donation Storytelling Library www.explorelivingdonation.org 💚📖 #livingdonorstories #donatelifemonth ... See MoreSee Less

We have chills❄️-the good kind, reading this quote from Amanda, a living kidney donor. You can listen to Amanda’s donation story and hundreds more on our Living Donation Storytelling Library www.explorelivingdonation.org 💚📖 #livingdonorstories #donatelifemonth

2 days ago

It’s National Healthcare Decisions Day!👩‍⚕️Watch as Dr. Amy Waterman introduces The Living Donation Storytelling Library and explains how it can help people make a decision about living kidney donation. Learn more on our website! 💚www.explorelivingdonation.org #livingdonorstories #donatelifemonth #healthcaredecisionsday ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you 🙏🏼 I am a living kidney donor and will always continue to share the importance of saving a life! It will always be one ☝️ of my proudest decision!

Thanks Amy - I am a big supporter of NHDD and all that you do to encourage organ donation.

Thank you Amy. You do inspire

I donated a little over fifty years ago. I have had a child since then. I am healthy. You do not miss that kidney, yet you have saved a life.

Thank you! I became a one beaner April 2nd 2019 and have no regrets. My recipient I hear I doing quite well, we hope to meet in a few weeks.

Explore Transplant updated their cover photo.
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3 days ago

April is Donate Life America's #donatelifemonth
You can learn more about organ and tissue donation and register to be a donor at https://www.donatelife.net/
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April is Donate Life Americas #donatelifemonth 
You can learn more about organ and tissue donation and register to be a donor at https://www.donatelife.net/

3 days ago

Starting today we will be debunking myths about kidney disease or kidney transplant every Monday! Here is myth #1, with our own @Dr. Amy Waterman revealing the answer!!!👩‍⚕️
#kidneymythmonday #livingdonorstories
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Explore Transplant is with Terasaki Research Institute and 3 others.
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6 days ago

Happy Donate Life #BlueGreenDay 💙💚 Today, we are proud to announce the launch of The Living Donation Storytelling Library. Over the past year we have collected stories from living kidney donors, living kidney donation recipients, their friends and families, as well as patients looking for a living kidney donor. The storytellers and their stories will help people learn about and raise awareness for living kidney donation. Visit explorelivingdonation.org to watch more stories 📱💻 #livingdonorstories #donatelifemonth ... See MoreSee Less

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I love this! My son is my living kidney donor hero! He truly saved my life and I’ve experienced so many blessings and joys with my kidney transplant and live my life to the fullest as a result of his gift💚💙

And, a pancreas transplant, 20 years ago TODAY!!

My uncle donated a kidney to my mom

Love this! Just hearing stories about donations are so uplifting and give me hope that my son will get a kidney transplant one day❤️

Great stories. I donated December 4, 1968. I have had a child since then. I am healthy. Please, if you can, donate.

I donated to a friend from high school! It will be 5 years Nov! Give your spare. 💚

Okay, so now, as a 3 x Kidney recipient (1st in 1988, # 3 in April of 2016, I’d like to say that it’s time for a national ad campaign. 25,00 awaiting kidneys, 360 Million Americans, it’s math & marketing!

Rose Smith, share your words!

1 week ago

Here is a #behindthescenes look at Dr. Amy Waterman, founder of Explore Transplant and Professor of Nephrology at UCLA, getting interviewed for our soon to launch storytelling project!!!💚📖 #storytellingproject #comingsoon ... See MoreSee Less

Here is a #behindthescenes look at Dr. Amy Waterman, founder of Explore Transplant and Professor of Nephrology at UCLA, getting interviewed for our soon to launch storytelling project!!!💚📖  #storytellingproject #comingsoon

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Wow Amy, your awesome!

Go Dr. Waterman!!

so exciting!

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2 weeks ago

These are some of the many faces of living donation. We have been collecting their stories over the past year in hopes of creating a place for people to learn and talk about living donation. Together we can start a #kidneyconversation 📖💚 #storytellingproject #comingsoon ... See MoreSee Less

These are some of the many faces of living donation. We have been collecting their stories over the past year in hopes of creating a place for people to learn and talk about living donation. Together we can start a #kidneyconversation 📖💚 #storytellingproject #comingsoon

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Kathy Vochoska!

Kabir Singh We must finish your video so you can be a part of this too.

2 weeks ago

On March 25, Johns Hopkins University performed the first ever kidney transplant with an HIV+ living donor. Of this incredible milestone, transplant surgeon Dr. Dorry Segev said, "Here's a disease that in the past was a death sentence and now has been so well controlled that it offers people with that disease an opportunity to save somebody else."

Learn more about Nina and her living donation experience by watching the video below!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkpesT4gUBIThe first ever HIV-positive to HIV-positive living donor kidney transplant was performed at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Nina Martinez has been living HIV-positiv...
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3 weeks ago

Our physical, mental, and emotional health all contribute to our overall well-being. With chronic illness, we don't often talk about the mental and emotional pain we experience because we are focused on our physical symptoms. Be aware of the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety and don't be afraid to ask for or get help. Mental health conditions are treatable! Read more about mental health and CKD here: https://lifepulsehealth.com/pr/… ... See MoreSee Less

Our physical, mental, and emotional health all contribute to our overall well-being. With chronic illness, we dont often talk about the mental and emotional pain we experience because we are focused on our physical symptoms. Be aware of the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety and dont be afraid to ask for or get help. Mental health conditions are treatable! Read more about mental health and CKD here: https://www.lifepulsehealth.com/pr/kidney-failure-and-its-impact-on-mental-health/203164

3 weeks ago

In honor of #nationalkidneymonth the PKD Foundation is proposing a challenge. Their #kidneymonthchallenge encourages you to tell someone new about kidney disease to raise awareness in your community. Who will you tell? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnypZ2o_b6wIn honor of our #NationalKidneyMonth for the #PKDChallenge, we are challenging the community to tell someone new. To prepare for this our Marketing Specialis... ... See MoreSee Less

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4 weeks ago

Happy World Storytelling Day! Over the past year, we have been collecting real living kidney donation stories as part of our quest to solve the kidney shortage. Here’s a small teaser of what we have been working on, and we can’t wait to share more with you soon! #worldstorytellingday ... See MoreSee Less

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Powerful! Thank you for making this. - Fellow kidney donor 💚

Wonderful, powerful.

A true hero!

1 month ago

Last month the American Society of Transplantation awarded the National Kidney Registry with the AST Innovation Award for its work in kidney paired exchange. Our founder, Dr. Amy Waterman, serves as NKR's research director. Thank you AST! Read more about NKR's work below and on their website: https://www.kidneyregistry.org/

The National Kidney Registry successfully operationalized a national, multi-center paired kidney exchange program with a growing network of over 90 centers. They have facilitated over 3,000 kidney paired donations since they began in 2008. This program’s successes led to reduced median wait times and improved graft survival. It also developed HLA coding standardization, implemented GPS tracking for shipped kidneys, and coordinates advance donation.
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Last month the American Society of Transplantation awarded the National Kidney Registry with the AST Innovation Award for its work in kidney paired exchange. Our founder, Dr. Amy Waterman, serves as NKRs research director. Thank you AST! Read more about NKRs work below and on their website: https://www.kidneyregistry.org/ 

The National Kidney Registry successfully operationalized a national, multi-center paired kidney exchange program with a growing network of over 90 centers. They have facilitated over 3,000 kidney paired donations since they began in 2008. This program’s successes led to reduced median wait times and improved graft survival. It also developed HLA coding standardization, implemented GPS tracking for shipped kidneys, and coordinates advance donation.

Transplant news

INSIGHTS FROM KIDNEY RECIPIENTS, LIVING DONORS AND TRANSPLANT PROFESSIONALS

  • My Transplant Coach – A decision aid for patients with kidney failure

    My Transplant Coach – A decision aid for patients with kidney failure

    Patients with kidney failure have different options when choosing the treatment they feel is best for them, and it’s not always an easy choice to make. According to Dr. Amy Waterman, Professor in the Division of Nephrology at UCLA, and Director of the Transplant Research and Education Center (TREC) at the Terasaki Research Institute, “Patients want to choose the treatment options for kidney failure that help them live the longest. To do that, they have ... Read MoreLearn more
  • Real patient stories inspire and educate

    Real patient stories inspire and educate

    Some of our earliest memories are of hearing stories read to us by our parents – fairy tales, fables, adventures, and epic journeys. Storytelling is an innate and universal part of the human experience. Stories help us make sense of our lives, mark important occasions, and share and connect with the people who matter to us. From founding myths like the tale of Romulus and Remus to true accounts of heroism, or even casual stories ... Read MoreLearn more
  • Melissa Benosouda: choosing to live

    Melissa Benosouda: choosing to live

    At age 24, Melissa Bensouda was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease after giving birth to her second daughter. After her third child, a son, was born, she lost all kidney function. On April 16, 2012, Melissa’s wait of nearly ten years for a transplant finally came to an end. Melissa reflects on her transplant journey. When I was initially diagnosed with kidney disease, I was already in ESRD (end-stage renal disease) and fortunate enough to ... Read MoreLearn more