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Review for Kidneylife Foundation Inc, West Islip, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I first became involved with the National Kidney Registry (NKR) when my wife and I decided to donate one of our kidney’s. We chose the NKR because of the impassioned story of Garet Hil, a man who founded the organization out of his own personal frustration to find a kidney for his daughter.

Not knowing anything about how a nonprofit organization operates, Mr. Hil, a successful corporate executive, designed the organization on a business model. He utilized close to two million dollars of his own funds and the donations of friends and corporations to launch it. Within three years of operation the organization has become the world leader in “paired exchange” transplants. In 2010, the organization facilitated more “paired exchanges” than all the other American “paired exchange” programs combined… without an organ rejection or fatality.

Currently, the NKR has 54 affiliated transplant centers. That number should reach 100 by the 2012. The organization charges no fees to recipients or donors and pays all the travel and lodging expenses (not covered by insurance) required to facilitate a living donor exchange.

Role:  Volunteer & After being rejected as an organ donor I helped design the marketing, fundraising, and public relations campaign. I also helped the organization through financial donations.