Talking about kidney transplant on ‘Blaine and Allyson in the Morning’

By Michelle Rogers
Kidney donor

We want to encourage everyone to tune into “Blaine and Allyson in the Morning” at about 9 a.m. or so Monday, March 24, as Nancy Noble and I speak about our experience as we prepare for our new lives as kidney recipient and kidney donor, respectively, on 96.3 WDVD FM.

Courtesy of http://www.963wdvd.com/
Courtesy of http://www.963wdvd.com/

I’ve been doing a little research to prepare, developing show notes with the following facts from the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan:
*More than 3,000 people in Michigan are waiting for life-saving kidneys
*A kidney from a live donor will extend a recipient’s life by 10 to 15 years than on dialysis
*People can sign up as living donors on the Michigan Donor Registry
*You can also donate your kidney after you’ve passed via Gift of Life or the Michigan Donor Registry
*140,000 people are living with a functioning kidney transplant
*The first kidney transplant was in 1952
*Surgery typically takes three hours
*Nancy should reach normal kidney function with her new kidney in three to five days
*There is a higher success rate with a live kidney donor
*Some upcoming fundraisers for the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan include Uncorked: Wine Event in Jackson March 28; Fundraising Day April 3 at Noodles and Co., with 25 percent of the proceeds benefiting the organization; Kidney Walk May 4 in Grand Rapids and May 18 at Detroit Zoo; and a golf outing fundraiser July 28 at Barton Hills Country Club in Ann Arbor.

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