Carrie Needs a
Living Kidney Donor

“There is no way I could ever thank my donor enough for this gift. It really is life changing – all I want is to be able to have more time with husband and see the rest of the kids in my family grow up.”

Carrie’s Story

Carrie is a former pre-school teacher of 20+ years and a much loved wife, aunt, and friend.  She has so much to live for and has given tremendously to others.  Now, we hope someone will see her story and feel inspired to give back to her.  Seven years ago, Carrie was diagnosed with CKD and in February 2021, she was admitted to the hospital where a biopsy confirmed that she had end stage kidney disease.  Carrie started PD dialysis training in April and she has received dialysis for 2 years. Her nephrologist suggested transplant as her best option nearly two years ago.

Waiting 3-5 years for a kidney from a deceased donor is not the best path forward for Carrie. With a living donor, Carrie can get her kidney transplant sooner! Research has shown that when patients receive a kidney from a living donor, the outcome is generally better. Living kidney donation is also ideal because kidneys from living donors last longer than a deceased donor and there is a lower chance Carrie’s immune system will attack her new kidney (a process known as organ rejection).

Donor Eligibility Requirements

Carrie is extremely lucky to have secured highly qualified medical help and support from the team at the University of Utah Health (UUH). She wants any interested persons to know that they will be in exceptional hands should they decide to step forward. UUH has shared the following as a pre-qualification list for donation:

Must be between the age of 18-69 years old.

Must be healthy and free of major health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, obesity (BMI of 37 or less).

Must be mentally and emotionally healthy.

Interested In Donating?

Complete the short contact form and a GiftWorks' Living Donor Navigator will respond within 1 day to guide you through the next steps in the process.

Have Questions About Donating?

Having questions is normal! Complete the short contact form to set up a time to speak with a GiftWorks' Living Donor Navigator; a guide who knows what it's like to donate a kidney because they've donated in the past.

Want To Help In Other Ways?

You can help by sharing Carrie's page today! Also, be sure to share Carrie's posts on social media each week to spread awareness of her story. Sharing posts is one of the best ways to help Carrie find her lifesaving donor.

Process for Stepping Forward for Carrie

COMPLETE FOrm
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Fill out the short contact form and a GiftWorks’ Living Donor Navigator will reach out to you within 1 business day to set up a time to connect.

Discussion
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During your time with a GiftWorks’ Living Donor Navigator, you will get to ask questions and receive answers from a living kidney donor. They will tell you more about the process, address non-medical concerns, and connect you to valuable resources.

Complete Breeze
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Breeze is a health questionnaire that will be reviewed by the hospital’s medical team to determine your eligibility for living donation as well as the next steps.

Share To Help

Carrie
Please LIKE and SHARE to Help Me Find a Living Kidney Donor!
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Finding out that I was accepted onto the transplant waitlist made me so happy. I have so much to live for, and getting a new kidney would mean that I get to spend a lot more quality time with my loved ones. Being on the transplant waitlist for a deceased kidney doesn’t mean that I will get a kidney right away. Sometimes, it can even take 5 years or more. Battling kidney disease is tough, and I don’t think I can wait much longer. That’s why I’m now sharing my story: to find a living kidney donor who could save my life. Your share could make all the difference. Please help spread the word! https://giftworksuuh.com/carrieg/

Advocate
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I need your help with something really important. My dear friend Carrie is in desperate need of a living kidney donor. I wish with all my heart I could be the one to help her, but unfortunately, I can’t. So instead, I’m turning to all of you. Carrie’s story is one of courage and hope, and I believe there’s someone out there who can make a life-saving difference for her. By sharing this post, you could help us reach that person. Let’s come together and spread the word. Together, we can make a real difference in Carrie’s life and in the lives of her loved ones. Thank you for your support.

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Advocate
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Carrie’s journey to find a living kidney donor has been filled with hope and determination, yet the search remains ongoing. With each passing day, she bravely battles against the odds, clinging to the dream of a healthier tomorrow. As friends and supporters, we can rally around Carrie, spreading the word far and wide, igniting the spark of possibility in the hearts of others. Together, let’s amplify her message and empower those willing to #MakeADifference – share her story and help Carrie find her living kidney donor.

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Questions & Answers

Unfortunately, most of the family cannot donate for health reasons. In some cases, the best living donor is one who is not a family member, even when family members do step forward to donate.

While the recipient's insurance will provide coverage for the donor, the donor needs to have their own health insurance in the rare event an unknown health issues comes up for the donor.

While the recipient's insurance covers all costs related to the donation (for Carrie and her donor), there are expenses like travel, meals, and lost wages that can be incurred.  However, we want you to know there are resources available to ensure you do not have to pay for anything out of pocket. The GiftWorks' team can provide more information about those resources if you choose to step forward as a living donor.

Living kidney donors are often able to return to work within 2 weeks, and fully heal within 6-8 weeks. After surgery, the donor’s remaining kidney will also grow in size and function, allowing them to live normal life with just one kidney.

The following are pre-qualification requirements for living donation: must be between the age of 18-69 years old, must be healthy and free of major health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity (BMI of 37 or less), and must be mentally and emotionally healthy.

The ideal outcome is for Carrie is to find a living donor. She has already battled so much with her kidney disease that being on the kidney transplant waiting list for 3-5 years is simply not ideal. Long-term dialysis is also not ideal as it can lead to a variety of complications such as low blood pressure, injection site infection, and blood clots.

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