Asking For Help Can Be Hard; Asking For An Organ Donation Can Seem Impossible

The University of Chicago Medicine's Transplant Center care team is here to help through the Living Donor Champion Program. This program is available to all patients on the kidney transplant waiting list and is designed to help kidney transplant patients jumpstart the conversation about live kidney donation with family, friends and acquaintances.

Through the Champion Program, kidney transplant patients identify a personal advocate — or champion — in their lives who can help spread the word about their need for a living organ donation. Working with a champion can help remove some of the burdens felt by kidney transplant patients as they wait to receive an organ.

The patients and their champions will attend two 2-hour classes together at UChicago Medicine, first to learn the basics of kidney disease and then to meet past donors and recipients and learn how to more readily share their stories.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Provide patients with the skills to ask others about live donation
  • Provide patients with information to educate others about live donation
  • Help patients start the conversation about live donation
  • Help patients identify who to ask
  • Help patients identify family or friends who can help talk to others about live donation
  • Increase awareness of kidney failure and the benefits of live donation

Each meeting consists of an education session and a panel discussion. Parking vouchers and light refreshments are provided.

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Get an overview about our kidney living donor program, patient and family amenities and maps and directions to our campus.

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This helpful guide outlines basics about who can be a kidney living donor, what to expect before and after surgery and answers other common questions about kidney donation.

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To learn more about the Living Donor Champion Program, call 773-702-6867 or email

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