Live Donor Champion Program

We are Live Donor Champions!Work with your Live Donor Champion to find a living donor for kidney transplant.

The waiting list for a deceased-donor kidney transplant continues to grow each year, but the number of available organs remains relatively stable. We are constantly trying to find ways to increase the number of organs available to our patients so they may avoid dialysis and a lengthy stay on the waiting list. Identifying and receiving a transplant from a live donor is one solution.

However, there are many barriers to identifying potential live donors. Barriers include:

  • Discomfort discussing such a sensitive subject
  • Fear of asking someone else for an organ
  • Limited knowledge about the live donation process

We would like to help our patients overcome these barriers. For this reason, we have developed the Live Donor Champion program. In this program, each wait-listed patient will identify one other person to be their Live Donor Champion. We will provide both the patient and the Live Donor Champion with educational materials, business cards and other resources. We hope this will make the Live Donor Champion comfortable initiating conversations and spreading awareness about renal failure and live donation.

The hope is that the Live Donor Champion will ultimately be able to help their patient identify potential live donors.

Who can be a Live Donor Champion?

Anyone can be a Live Donor Champion. Most people identify a spouse, significant other, family member or friend as their Live Donor Champion. The only requirements are that the Live Donor Champion be at least 18 years old and speak English.

How does the Live Donor Champion Program work?

  • The program consists of six meetings, held once per month.
  • Each meeting will last approximately two hours.
  • A different topic will be discussed at each meeting to help the Live Donor Champion and their patient find potential live donors.
  • On their own, each Live Donor Champion and patient will use the information and skills learned at each session to begin looking for potential donors.
  • Participants will be asked to keep a monthly log of their progress. They will also be encouraged to record what worked well for them and what did not.
  • They will be provided with many opportunities to give feedback to the program coordinators.

Frequently Asked Questions

Session Agenda

  • Meeting 1: Introduction to Kidney Transplantation and Live Donation
  • Meeting 2: Initiating a Conversation with Potential Live Donor Candidates
  • Meeting 3: Whom Should I Speak to? Identifying a Social Network
  • Meeting 4: Success Stories: Live Donor and Recipient Panel
  • Meeting 5: Program Recap

Contact Us

Contact us at 443-287-0134 to learn more information about the Johns Hopkins Live Donor Champion Program.