Donate Life Month

April is Donate Life Month, which makes it the perfect time for transplant recipients and those that care for them to connect with members of Congress to share their transplant stories and encourage them to support transplant initiatives.

Talk about how autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) or autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD) left you, your child or someone you love needing a kidney transplant in order to stay alive.

Be sure to tell them about the damaging effects of polycystic kidney disease (PKD) and how there are no treatments to stop the progression of the disease.

  • How long did you wait for a kidney transplant?
  • Who was your kidney donor?
  • How much do your immunosuppressive drugs cost each month?
  • Has your need for a kidney transplant impacted your ability to work or your finances?
  • How have you been impacted emotionally?

Share these facts

  • April is Donate Life Month
  • Over 110,000 people are on the kidney transplant waiting list

Support current legislation

Please contact your representative and senators and urge them to co-sponsor the Living Donor Protection Act (S. 2584/H.R. 4616) and support legislation to protect the rights of living donors and remove barriers to organ donation.

Post on social media

April is #DonateLifeMonth. Nearly 102,000 people are currently waiting for a life saving transplant. Last year, 17,000 people received a kidney transplant and only 5,000 of those were from living donors. Please support legislation that protects living donors and patients that are waiting for the gift of life.

Last reviewed October 2020