NBKF Daily Nugget
NBKF is a landing platform for individuals that are in need of information regarding Renal failure and in depth kidney related news. These Daily/Weekly Nuggets will educate you about Kidney Disease, preventative measures and other important information regarding your kidneys.
Be an Organ Donor
Many people who need transplants of organs and tissues cannot get them because of a shortage of donations. Of the 123,000 Americans currently on the waiting list for a lifesaving organ transplant, more than 101,000 need a kidney, but only 17,000 people receive one each year. Every day 12 people die waiting for a kidney. Organ and tissue donation helps others by giving them a second chance at life.
Identifying yourself as an organ and/or tissue donor is simple. Simply visit the Donate Life America website to join your state's online registry for donation. You can also declare your intentions on your driver's license.
Signing up online through your state registry or on your driver's license is a good first step in designating your wishes about donation, but letting your family or other loved one's know about your decision is vitally important. Family members are often asked to give consent for a loved one's donation, so it's important that they know your wishes.
You can also consider being a living kidney donor. Living donation takes place when a living person donates an organ or part of an organ to someone in need of a transplant. The donor is most often a close family member, such as a parent, child, brother or sister. A donor can also be a more distant family member, spouse, friend or co-worker. Non-directed donors - those who donate anonymously and do not know their recipients - are also becoming more common. Click here to learn more about living kidney donation.
Religion and Organ Donation
Virtually most religious denominations approve of organ and tissue donation as representing the highest humanitarian ideals and the ultimate charitable act.
African Americans & Kidney Disease
Did you know that African Americans are 3 times more likely to experience kidney failure? Because kidney disease often has no symptoms, it can go unnoticed until it is very advanced. But there's good news. Taking steps to live a healthy lifestyle can go a long way towards reducing risk, and early detection and treatment can slow or prevent the progression of kidney disease.