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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:
Each meeting consists of an education session and a panel discussion. Parking vouchers and light refreshments are provided.
Leah Weber managed her kidney disease quietly, and almost no one outside her immediate family knew. She and her husband Keith enrolled in the UChicago Medicine Living Donor Champion Program. The unique program teaches a patient’s chosen “champion” — a friend or family member — how to share their story in order to find living donors.Read about Leah Weber's experience in the Living Donor Champion Program
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