I NEED A KIDNEY

To see if you can donate, go to www.ucdonor.org and fill out the questionnaire.  Use my name (Richard Lazovick), as the recipient, and my birthday (4/13/62).

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I NEED A KIDNEY

To see if you can donate, go to www.ucdonor.org and fill out the questionnaire.  Use my name (Richard Lazovick), as the recipient, and my birthday (4/13/62).

(Note:  For your privacy and  HIPPA, I won't know you tried unless you tell me.)

F A Q s

(Please note:  on this page, "you" refers to me, Richard, "I" refers to you, the donor.)


Where do I go to see if I can donate?

To see if you can donate, go to www.ucdonor.org and fill out the questionnaire.  Use my name (Richard Lazovick), as the recipient, and my birthday (4/13/62).  

(Please note: For your complete privacy and to maintain HIPPA, I will not know if you were interested in being tested or get any other status updates, unless you tell me or ask them to tell me.) 


Who are you (Richard)?

— I’m a single, self-employed Dad

— My son is in 8th grade and was just Bar Mitzvah’d in December.


How long have you (Richard) been on dialysis?
— I’ve been on dialysis for a year and a half now.

— it takes about 8 hours every night, at home.

— I get a pallet of supplies every month.


Can I live with only one kidney?
— Everyone only needs one kidney.

— Most of us are born with 2 healthy kidneys.  You can live with only one kidney without any noticeable effects.


— Although you can live with only one kidney, the remaining kidney usually grows to be even stronger than before.


What about the kidney list?  Are you on the list?

— I am on the list for a kidney. That is a cadaver kidney.  The success rate and longevity of a live donor kidney is about twice as good and twice as long.


— The wait on the list is about 8 years!


Can't a family member donate?
— This form of Kidney Disease is hereditary.  My dad is also on dialysis.  My sisters & cousins have all been tested and do not qualify.


How do I know if I'm healthy enough to donate?
— The donor goes through extensive testing to make sure they are healthy, both physically and mentally, to donate.


—  To see if you can donate, go to www.ucdonor.org and fill out the questionnaire.  Use my name (Richard Lazovick), as the recipient, and my  birthday (4/13/62).  


— Or call a donor coordinator (415-353-1551).


Am I too old to donate?

— You need to be between the ages of 18 & 75.  (I think this is correct.  Fill out the form or call the donor coordinator to confirm.)


How long will I be in the hospital?
— The donors operation is done laparoscopically, leaving very little scaring and they are usually able to go home within a day or two.


What is an ideal match? What if I'm not a match?
— An ideal donor is blood type “O”.  However, if they are not a match, they can go into the cross match system and donate to someone who has a donor that is compatible with me.


How much will it cost me?
— There is not cost to the donor.  All cost are covered by my insurance, an assistance program (http://livingdonorassistance.org/), or me.


Where can I go to learn more about donating?

— http://livingdonorassistance.org/
— http://www.ucsfhealth.org/conditions/kidney_transplant/

— http://www.akidneyforrichard.com/useful-links---more-info-about-donating.html


Miscellaneous

— In many cultures/religions, it is a good deed to do what you can to save someone’s life.  

I want to donate. What's my next step?

—  To see if you can donate, go to www.ucdonor.org and fill out the questionnaire.  Use my name (Richard Lazovick), as the recipient, and my  birthday (4/13/62).