Dare Needs a
Living Kidney Donor

“I’m young and have so many dreams.  I want to have a job working with animals, to fly across the U.S. to see my friends, to do things for myself.  I truly hope someone sees my story and decides to give me the gift of life so I can finally LIVE.”

Dare’s Story

Dare, in her early twenties, is a young and caring individual, fulfilling roles as a loving daughter, sister, and friend. Her journey with chronic kidney failure began at the age of 12, and she received a kidney transplant in 2015, only to face its failure in 2020 due to a medication intended to alleviate hypertension headaches/migraines caused by spinal fluid buildup.

Currently, Dare relies on a shunt draining from her brain to her lung space continually. Despite the challenges, she has found solace and companionship in a vibrant online friend group, connecting with friends through platforms like TikTok. These relationships have become a significant source of support as she now needs a second kidney transplant.

We Need to Find a Living Donor

Waiting 3-5 years for a kidney from a deceased donor is not the best path forward for Dare, who is so young. With a living donor, Dare can get her kidney transplant sooner! Research has shown that when patients receive a kidney from a living donor, the outcome is generally better.  Looking ahead, Dare envisions a future where she can heal from her lifesaving transplant and pursue her dream of working with animals.

Donor Eligibility Requirements

Dare 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.

You Can Help Save Dare's Life!

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

Process for Stepping Forward for Dare

COMPLETE FOrm
1

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

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When I learned I had been placed on the transplant waitlist, it filled me with immense joy. Getting a new kidney would enable me to resume my life and follow my aspirations of working with animals. Waiting on the deceased kidney transplant list isn’t a quick process; many of us will wait 5 years or longer. Battling kidney disease during this time is tough, and so much can happen. That’s why I’m sharing my story—to hopefully find a living kidney donor who could see this and decide to save my life. Please help me today by sharing this post and website with your family and friends. Your support means more than you know. https://giftworksuuh.com/dareq/

Advocate
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Dare needs your help! Dare recently reached out to me with an urgent plea: to find a living kidney donor. Sadly, I’m not a match for Dare, and it pains me deeply. Nevertheless, I’m committed to supporting Dare by sharing their story with as many people as possible. I firmly believe that by spreading the word, we can find the right person to step up and offer Dare the incredible gift of life. This act of kindness would not only transform Dare’s life but also deeply impact their loved ones and community. Will you join me in sharing this post today to help Dare find a kidney donor? Please assist Dare by spreading the word! Share this post today and help make a life-changing difference.

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Living kidney donors are indeed #incredible people, embodying the essence of selflessness and compassion. Dare’s journey to find her own living kidney donor is a testament to the power of human connection and the generosity that resides within each of us. Your support in sharing Dare’s story not only raises awareness but also inspires hope and solidarity within our community. Let’s join hands and spread the word far and wide, reaching out to every corner of the internet and beyond. Share this post now and become a part of Dare’s life-saving mission. Your act of sharing could be the beacon of hope that leads Dare to her living kidney donor.

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Questions & Answers

Unfortunately, most of Dare's family have been disqualified from donating due to health issues that run in the family. 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 Dare 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 Dare 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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