How You Can Become a Donor

If you have ever thought about giving the ultimate gift of a kidney, please consider it now. Studies show that people who donate a kidney actually have a longer than average lifespan. Many people mistakenly think only a relative can be a successful donor, but this is not true. I am a patient at the University of Minnesota, which has a dedicated transplant coordinator. You may confidentially call the coordinator at (612) 625-7010 or begin by filling out this form: University of Minnesota Medical Center Living Donor. (Zandra Jezior's Birthdate is 11/24/1977) All medical costs from the screening to the actual procedure are covered by my insurance.

For people wth end-stage renal failure, the only healthy solution is to receive a new kidney via a transplant. There are two sources of kidneys: cadavers and live donors.​ A kidney donated from a living person is important in several ways:

  • ​a much shorter donation time, because the alternative (a cadaver kidney) can take 5-7 years to become available.
  • A shorter recovery time for the recipient
  • a healthier outcome
  • a kidney that often continues to function many years longer than a cadaver kidney
If you are interested in helping me, you can start by understanding the steps in the process. There are medical professionals specially trained to help you and make sure that donation is right for you. If at any time you decide that donation is not for you, you can opt out with our gratitude that you considered the oportunity to help.

Please be aware that even if you are not a medical match with me, and therefore can't donate directly to me, you can still donate in a donor chain​, so that you can help me indirectly by helping someone else for whom you are a match, and even better, more people are helped in the chain.

Here is a high level outline of the process:

​​​​​​Thank you for considering the gift of life for someone with kidney failure.