"HE WHO SAVES ONE LIFE, IT'S AS IF HE SAVED THE ENTIRE WORLD"
                                                                                               -  Talmud
Right to left:
Chaya, with the person she donated a
kidney to.

Photo taken at Chaya's booth to
promote kidney donation at an Expo at
the NY Javits Center, December 2006
Chaya's kidney match as a result of
Facebook!!  Kidney match happened in
November 2012.

Left to right: Henry Edwards. kidney recipient,
his friend, comedian Joan Rivers, Peter
DelMasto, the donor, and his girl friend.  Chaya
posted about Henry needing a kidney on a
Facebook page that she once created for a
coach needing a kidney, who had passed
away. Photo taken after Joan's show in the
Berkshires - Massachussetts. on May 10, 2013..
Center:  Chaya  with Mary Robertson, on
the left.  Mary had interviewed Chaya for
the radio program This American Life on
NPR.

Photo taken in July 2006 at Chaya's
kidney recipient's home.
SaveALife-DonateAKidney.com      KidneyMitzvah.com     KidneyMatchmaker.com     KidneyHero.com     KidneyEmergency.com
               
Right to Left:  Yosef, Chaya's brother
who also donated a kidney, with his
kidney recipient, a stranger.  This was
Chaya's first kidney match!

Photo was taken at their pre-op testing
at SUNY/Downstate Medical Center,
Brooklyn, NY,  March 2007.
Left to right:  Lori Palatnik, kidney donor,
with a friend.  (Lori's kidney recipient
does not want any publicity, so no
photos of the 2 of them are shown).  To
read Lori's story on her kidney
donation,, click on
"A Kidney to Give"

This is one of the kidney matches Chaya
has made.  Lori influenced Ruth
Shlossman to donate a kidney.  See
photo and caption below.

To watch video of Lori's speech at an
event,
click here
Flier in a fish store seeking kidney
donors  in Chaya's Brooklyn
community that resulted in a kidney
match for the person above!  And
years later, this person's spouse also
donated a kidney to a stranger!
This man received a kidney as a result of
the flier below Chaya hung up  in a  fish
store!  
Newspaper ad pleading for a kidney
donor.   Chaya answered this ad
which resulted in her donating a
kidney to the above person!
First newspaper ad Chaya responded to,
for someone in need of a kidney.  This
is the ad that she first saw that got her
interested in kidney donation.
ABC TV special
"Giving Life:  The Story of
Organ Donation"  
March 22, 2008

Philip Palmer, TV Anchorman talks about
his kidney donation,  Chaya Lipschutz is
on this program as well.

Click to the ABC website if you have a
problem viewing this:
 abclocal.go.com

DOUBLE CLICK ON VIDEO
TO VIEW IN FULL SCREEN
Chaya Lipschutz, Kidney Donor/Kidney Matchmaker
"Health Hero"
(PREVENTION MAGAZINE)

Also received an award from
Kings County (NY)  District Attorney, Charles Hynes
photo receiving the award,
click here
To read a story about Chaya and her
brother who both donated a kidney to
a stranger.  Click here:
 "Brother and
Sister Donate Kidneys To Save Lives" -  
 
Chaya with Brooklyn (NY) Borough
President Marty Markowitz.  Chaya had
met him at a political breakfast to which
she had been invited to attend.  
Borough President Marty Markowitz
had told her that he would like to write
a story about her in his publication, and
so she agreed!  Here is the article - on
page 13 of his publication:
"Kidney
Mitzvah"
Chaya speaking at a Kidney
Disease and Organ Transplantation
Forum at a Public School, Brooklyn,
NY, November 30, 2006
Click here for the speech Chaya
gave at this event
which tells the
story about her kidney donation.
Interview with Kidney Donors
and Kidney Transplant Surgeon
        
on
NY Assemblyman Dov Hikind's
Weekly Radio Show - WMCA, NY
   April 7, 2007

Interviewed on this program, were
kidney donors, Mordy Husarsky and
Chaya Lipschutz.  Also interviewed on
this program, was  Dr. Stuart Greenstein,
kidney transplant surgeon,  Montefiore
Medical Center, Bronx, NY.

(To hear 2 radio programs that Chaya
called in recently in response to the organ
trafficking scandal, see the
"About Chaya
Lipschutz" page on this website - left side)
Right to left:  John Feal , who donated a
kidney to a stranger, with  his kidney
recipient. He donated a kidney as part of
a  6 way kidney swap.

Photo taken after his kidney donation
at Columbia Presbytarian Hospital,
NYC,  August, 2007.  You can read John's
story on his website:
Fealgoodfoundation.com
This Website
was mentioned in articles/news stories in
CNN
The New York Daily News
Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Salt Lake City Tribune
KRGV-ABC-TV News, Rio Grande Valley, Texas
CBS TV News, Birmingham, Alabama
The Jewish Chronicle, England
The Jerusalem Post - Israel
plus  many other websites/news articles.

    "Just think people have no problem having only one kidney, so we have to ask, why did
    Hashem, (G-d), give us two kidneys?  Perhaps it is so you would have an extra one to
    donate and save a life!"
                                             - Dr. Stuart Greenstein, Kidney Transplant Surgeon, Professor of Surgery,
                                                          Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY    Source of quote:   www.ourjerusalem.com



    "It was the best thing I ever did with my life. "I wish I had more; I would do it
    again."                               -  April Capone, former Mayor of East Haven, CT, donated a kidney to a stranger.
                                                          Source of quote:  www.cbsnews.com


    "Kidney donation is a relatively safe operation, and many donors will never feel the loss of
    their second kidney.  It's the most expendable of organs.  So giving up a kidney causes no
    disadvantage to your long-term health. In fact, studies have shown, that kidney donors
    actually live longer than the general population - because donors come from a pool of people
    in good health"
                                                            - Dr. Michael Edye, former Adjunct Associate Professor of surgery, Mount Sinai
                                                              Medical Center, New York, NY.     Source of quote:  www.nydailynews.com

    "Donating a kidney to a woman that I had never met was the greatest experience of my life!  To
    give for the pure sake of giving, brings the biggest joy imaginable. I am profoundly grateful for
    the opportunity that changed my life in every way."                                             
                                                                - Lori Palatnik,  donated a kidney to a stranger.  Her story:  :  "A Kidney To Give"


    "Since my kidney donation,  I feel richer than Donald Trump and Bill Gates combined!"
                                                             - David Koster, donated a kidney to a stranger.  His story:  "Kidney Donor Speaks Out"


    "There is no greater feeling than knowing you brought life to another human being. It has truly
    been an amazing experience that ranks right up there with the birth of my 9 children. If I could, I
    would do it again tomorrow."  
              - Rabbi Ephraim Simon, donated a kidney to a stranger.  His story, click on "Rabbi's Kidney Donation Inspires Community"


    "Having had the good fortune of being able to donate a kidney has been the most amazing
    experience in my life, second only to the birth of my three wonderful sons."
                                                              - Tirtza Rosenthal, who donated a kidney to a stranger


    "Kidney donation was the greatest experience of my life - if I can do it again, I would do it again
    tomorrow."
                         - Chaya Lipschutz,, donated a kidney to a stranger.  Her story::   "Brother & Sister Donate Kidneys To Save Lives"


    *For other quotes, click on "Donate a Kidney" tab


                                             WELCOME!   
         
    Over 82,000 people in the USA alone are awaiting a life-saving kidney. Thousands of people
    die each year waiting for a life-saving kidney. The purpose of this website is to educate the
    public about living kidney donation and inspire others to donate a kidney, so many more lives
    can be saved.  If you are considering donating a kidney, please feel free to contact me.  I can give
    you all the information you need, no obligation!

    About myself:
    I donated a kidney to a stranger in September 2005 after seeing an ad in a weekly newspaper
    placed by a person in need of a kidney.

    Since my kidney donation, I have been wanting to do more - to help save the lives of others in
    need of a kidney. I first took out a booth at an expo in New York City in December 2005, to educate the
    public about kidney donation.   I have since  made some kidney matches and have more in the works.
    My brother donated a kidney as well,  to someone on my list of people who was in need of a kidney.
    For more information about myself click on the "About Chaya Lipschutz"  tab

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Best wishes,

    Chaya Lipschutz
    Kidney Donor & Kidney Matchmaker

    P.S.  My hebrew name "Chaya", means "life-giving" - a name I was given at birth!  Little did my parents know when
    they named me, that I would end up living up to my name, saving lives!

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    For those considering donating a kidney:

  • Do you want more information on becoming a kidney donor?

  • Would you like to speak to others who have donated their kidney?
    I am in touch with others who have also donated a kidney and they would be happy to share with anyone about
    their great experience.



    As a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found, living kidney donors live as
    long or longer and enjoy better quality of life than the general population.

    Personal note:  Not long ago, I took a blood test that showed that my createnine level has improved
    since my kidney donation!  Which means, I have even better kidney function with having only one
    kidney, instead of two!  Also, my HDL (good cholesterol) level is about 10 points higher now then
    before my kidney donation!   OK - this has nothing to do with my kidney functioning, but overall I may
    be able to say, I am healthier now with one kidney, then I was with two!

    Please note:  Most of us who have donated a kidney, prior to our kidney donation, in
    discussing with others our plans to give up a kidney, (which we don't generally need,
    according to experts in the field,)  we have encountered people who have thought that we
    were crazy for donating a kidney.  Generally since most of the population doesn't know
    anything about kidney donation, this is a "normal" reaction.  I strongly suggest for those
    considering kidney donation, to speak to people who are educated about kidney donation,
    whether it is someone who has already donated a kidney, a doctor who specializes in this field, or
    contact any kidney transplant center that would be happy to give you all the information you need. Or you
    can always feel free to contact me or refer them to me  and would be happy to provide them with
    information.  Or you can also always refer them to this website!  Let them check out the quotes from
    people in the kidney transplant field on the "Donate a Kidney" page of this website and see "Quotes
    from Kidney Transplant Professionals on Kidney Donation" on the left hand side of that page.
 
    Also, please note:  Depending on the state you live in, you may be able to deduct up to $10,000 from
    your taxes for lost wages or transportation due to organ donation  And if you are a Federal employee,
    you can take off up to 30 days for donating an organ.  However one cannot get paid for kidney donation,
    which is illegal.   


    For those in need of a kidney:

  • Ask your family members to get tested first!  No family member? How about friends! Sometimes
    this is not easy - depending on the relation or the friend.  But, please read this great article that can be
    helpful, click on "Talking Increases Kidney Donation."  This article says that "get-togethers with a
    kidney disease patient's family and friends can improve their willingness to consider
    donation."  A must read article for anyone in need of a kidney!

  • If you have someone who is considering donating a kidney and needs more information or
    would like to contact others who have done so - please click on the above "Contact Us" tab.

  • If you have someone who has tested for you and is not a match, but willing to donate a kidney
    to someone else instead, the National Kidney Registry may be able to find you a compatible
    donor.  For more information check go to their website at nationalkidneyregistry.org.  (For more
    information on this and other great organizations that can assist you in other ways as well, please click
    on the "Need a Kidney" tab above.   Swapping is the way to go!!!  Read this important article and
    watch the video:"Doctors: Kidney Swapping Can Save More Lives."  For the article, click here.  
    For the video, click here.

    Note:  There has been numerous articles written about my latest match, and I have been flooded with e-
    mails.  I already have a huge list of people, many of them in a very desperate need and unfortunately
    can't help mostly all of them at this time since I rarely get responses from people who want to donate a
    kidney..  At least 95% of the e-mails I get regarding a kidney - is from people who NEED a
    kidney, not from people who want to donate a kidney!  Sorry to tell you this.  If you e-mail me and
    I don't respond on time,  or don't respond  at all, please forgive me.  I get so many e-mails I have to
    respond to as is, and have an older mother I have to help out as well.  I apologize from the bottom of my
    heart.  I wish I can help you all, but unfortunately, it's hard to get any donors despite all the publicity I
    am getting.  Most of the time I post for others, unfortunately, I don't get responses. Where are all the good
    people?  That's why it is so important to get family members to test. If no family members, then other
    relatives.  If no relatives can donate a kidney, then friends, acquaintances, etc.   And if someone wants to
    donate and is not your blood type, to do a swap through your hospital.  If you have a potential donor and
    is unsure or needs more info - have that person contact me.  Thanks and again, my apologies

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       For those who already donated a kidney:

    Welcome to the "club!"  I am in touch with many kidney donors who are delighted to have been able to
    donate a kidney and many wish they can do more - like encourage others to donate a kidney.  Please
    click on the "Already Donated a Kidney" tab, for ideas, to share experiences etc.  I would happy to
    hear from you!  There is a form you can fill out on that page - optional, of course.  Also, I recently started
    a Kidney Donors Club on Facebook - so you can join me on Facebook as well.

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    A match that I have not made, but was happy to have gotten involved with:  
    I had once read a story about June McGlashen, an ex- cop who was in need of a kidney in the NY Daily News.  
    The article was titled, "Retired Cop, Sibs Wrestle With Rare Genetic Kidney Ill."  I had contacted Ernie
    Nespretto who was a reporter at that time with the NY Daily News saying that I would like to try to help her.  So, we
    got in touch with each other and I invited June to hear me speak.  I had decided to incorporate in my speech that
    evening about  June, this ex-cop who has done so much for New York, making it one of the safest big cities in the
    US - that we should now try to do something for her.  Her boyfriend came as well to hear me speak that evening.  
    So I decided to speak to her boyfriend  to try to get him to donate a kidney to his girlfriend, At that point, he didn't
    even know his blood type.  Anyhow, in the end, I went to visit them in the hospital after the kidney donation and
    they both said that it was because of me that he ended up donating a kidney to her.  Sometimes even a friend
    can be reluctant to do so.  With the right education many others might consider as well.  For a speech I gave at
    this event in which I spoke about this ex-cop - click here: My speech at a Kidney Disease and Organ
    Transplantation Forum.  This speech also tells the story about my kidney donation - and why I was turned
    down a number of times before I was finally able to donate a kidney.  

    Update:  June McGlashen engaged to her boyfriend who donated a kidney to her!  She called me a while
    ago to tell me that she was engaged to him!  Congratulations!  (She must have gotten married by now!)


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                                                         HELP SAVE A LIFE!

    Mother of 2 in desperate need of a life-saving kidney.   If you would like to help save the life of
    this wonderful mom, please click on the "Contact Us" tab above the page to contact me or e-mail
    me at KidneyMitzvah@aol.com. (Please note.  People of all blood types needed, in general, for kidney
    donation!  So please feel free to contact me to help save a life.)

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                                            KIDNEY DONORS -  HONOR ROLL

    Below is a partial list of some great people who have donated a kidney - and most donated a
    kidney to a stranger!  I have been in touch with many of these wonderful people. This website
    is dedicated to them!  

  • Chaya Ben Baruch, of Tzfat, Israel, (formerly of the USA), was a 54 year old mother of 10, when she donated a
    kidney to a father of 3. Chaya Ben Baruch got in touch with Chaya Lipschutz after seeing her posting that she had
    in Israel for someone there who was in need of a kidney.  She donated a kidney in August 2010.  Hospital:  
    Beilinson, Petach Tikvah, Israel. More about her below, under "newsletter"

  • Leah W. of Jerusalem Israel, (formerly of the USA), wife of a Rabbi -  was a 49 year old mother of 12 when she
    donated a kidney to Yaron of Kfar Saba, (near Tel Aviv),  Israel.  Leah had thought about doing this after
    reading about kidney donation in a magazine and was then forwarded a posting for someone who was in need of
    a kidney and got in touch with Chaya who had made this match.  Hospital:  Beilinson, Tel Aviv, Israel. To see a
    You Tube video regarding this match I made, here is the link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdeQ4si0Klk.  She
    donated a kidney in January 2010.  Hospital:  Beilinson, Petach Tikvah, Israel.

  • Chaya L., of Jerusalem Israel, (formerly of the USA)  was in her early 50's when she donated a kidney to a mother
    of 12 from Israel.  This kidney donor Chaya, got in touch with this website's Chaya after seeing her posting in a
    Yahoo group for the person she ended up donating a kidney to.  She donated a kidney in March 2010.  Hospital:  
    Beilinson, Petach Tikvah, Israel.


  • Jordan Brough, Washington, DC - was 29 years old, father of a 1 year old when he donated a kidney to a
    stranger, and his kidney donation resulted in a 14 person kidney exchange! Jordan had heard Chaya speak on
    "This American Life" on NPR and decided he too would like to donate a kidney.  To read his story, click on "The
    Chain of Life:  Kidney Exchange Pools Doctors, Donors, Recipients."    Hospital:  George Washington
    University, Washington, DC

  • Rabbi Efraim Simon, Teaneck, NJ - was 41 years old, father of 9, youngest child 2 years old, when he donated a
    kidney to a stranger, a father of 10.  Rabbi Simon saw a posting Chaya had in a Jewish Yahoo group for
    someone who had needed a kidney.  To read his story, click on "Rabbi's Kidney Donation Inspires
    Community"  He donated a kidney in August 2009.  Hospital: New York Presbytarian-Cornell,  New York, NY

  • Sheva Chana W., Monroe, NY - was 40 years old, mother of 9, youngest child 1 years old,donated a kidney to a
    stranger, after seeing an ad in a newspaper for someone who needed a kidney.  She donated a kidney in
    October, 2008.  Hospital:  Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY

  • John Feal, Neconset, NY - was 40 years old, when he donated a kidney to a stranger as part of a 6 way kidney
    donor swap,   He donated a kidney in August, 2007.  Hospital:  Columbia Presbytarian, New York, NY.  You can
    read John's story on his website:  Fealgoodfoundation.com

  • Shmuel W., Lakewood, NJ - was 26 years old, father of 2 (youngest 1 years old)  when he donated a kidney to a
    stranger, after seeing an ad in a newspaper for someone who needed a kidney.  He donated a kidney in July,
    2004.  Hospital:  National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

  • Avrohom  P., Brooklyn, - was 25 years old, father of 3, youngest only a few months old, when he donated a
    kidney to a stranger.  Hospital:  Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY  (Avrohom's sister-in-law and his sister-in-
    law's aunt also donated their kidney to a stranger!

  • Leah G., Brooklyn, NY - was 37 years old - mother of 6 when she donated a kidney to a stranger, after seeing
    an ad in a newspaper for someone in need of a kidney.  She donated a kidney in May 2008.  Hospital:  Mt. Sinai
    Medical Center, New York,  NY

  • Baila Teitelbaum, Brookyn, NY - was 33 years old, mother of 3, when she donated a kidney to a stranger.   
    Baila saw a flier I had hung up at a local fish store for someone in need of a kidney.  Chaya matched her up with
    someone who had a shoe store only a few doors down from that fish store! She donated a kidney in August 2007.
    Hospital:  Columbia Presbytarian Medical Center, New York, NY  Update:  Baila had her 4th child in June 2009.

  • Jonas R., Miami, FL - was 19 years old, when he donated a kidney to his friend.  Hospital:  Jackson Memorial
    Hospital, Miami Beach, FL.

  • Lori Palatnik, Silver Spring, MD - was 48 years old, mother of 5 when she donated her kidney to a stranger.  
    Lori saw a posting for someone else I had who had needed a kidney.  Since that person wasn't well enough at the
    time to have a kidney transplant, she agreed to test for someone else. Lori donated a kidney in December 2007.  
    Hospital:  Montefiore Medical Center,  You can read a story Lori wrote about her kidney donation - click here:  "A
    Kidney to Give".  Lori spoke about her kidney donation last Summer in Israel.  To hear her speech, clic on this
    link:   AishAudio.com   (Please note:  This website may charge a fee to access her speech.)

  • Yosef Lipschutz, Brooklyn, NY - Chaya's  brother - was 50 years old when he donated a kidney to a stranger.  
    He donated a kidney to someone on my list of people in need of a kidney. He donated a kidney in March 2007.  
    Hospital  SUNY/Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY

  • Moshe M., Brooklyn, NY - was 37 years old, father of 9 children when he donated a kidney a kidney to a
    stranger. He had seen an ad in a newspaper placed by that person who he ended up donating a kidney to.  Two
    years after donating a kidney, his wife had her 10th child!  Moshe donated a kidney in December 2005.  Hospital  
    Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY

  • Faigy, Brooklyn, NY - was 23 years old, with a 1 year old baby, when she donated a kidney to a stranger, also
    a result of seeing an ad in a Jewish newspaper placed by the person she donated a kidney to. She donated a
    kidney in June 2005.  Since her kidney donation, 2 years later, she had her 2nd child!  This family is awesome-
    first her brother-in-law donated a kidney, then she did and then her aunt!  All 3 donated kidneys to strangers!  
    Faigy donated a kidney in June 2005.  The person whom Faigy donated a kidney to, couldn't have more children
    before his kidney donation. However, since his kidney donation, his wife had another baby, approximately 2 years
    after receiving a kidney!  Hospital:  Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY

  • Rabbi Moskowitz, Long Island, NY - was 38 years old when he donated a kidney to a stranger after seeing an
    ad placed in a newspaper by the person he ended up donating a kidney to.  Rabbi Moskowitz is a school teacher
    and donated a kidney during the school year.  His students were awe struck. What a great example he was to his
    students!  He donated a kidney in 2004. Hospital:  Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY

  • Baila B., Brooklyn, NY - was a 42 years old, mother of 8 when she donated a kidney to a stranger after seeing
    an ad in a newspaper for someone in need of a kidney.  She donated a kidney in May 2008.  Hospital:  Montefiore
    Medical Center, New York, NY

  • David Koster, Brooklyn, NY - was 55 years old when he donated a kidney to a kidney to a stranger after
    seeing an ad in a newspaper placed by someone who was in need of a kidney.  He donated a kidney in November
    2003.  Hospital:  Westchester Medical Center, Valhalia, NY.  You could read David's story here - click on "Kidney
    Donor Speaks Out"  Also, see to see his video on You Tube click on, "The Day in the Life of a Kidney Donor"

  • Chaim B., Brooklyn, NY - was 30 years old, father of 4 when he donated a kidney to a stranger after seeing an
    ad in a newspaper.  He donated a kidney in January 2007.  Hospital:  Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY

  • Rabbi Ginsburg, Brooklyn, NY - was 38 years old when he donated a kidney to a co-worker.  He donated a
    kidney in 2006.  Hospital:  SUNY/Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY

  • David W. Brooklyn, NY - was in his 30's when he donated a kidney to a stranger as a result of seeing an ad in
    a newspaper placed by the person who was in need of a kidney.  He donated a kidney in April 2005.  Hospital:  
    Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY

  • Mordy Husarsky, Brooklyn, NY - was in his mid 30's when he donated a kidney to his father-in-law,, in
    February 2005.  Hospital:  Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY

                                                                   
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Newsletter
                                                                 April 2014

    Kidney Match coming up, early May!  Donor saw a posting I had in a Jewish internet group! Also, another
    donor was cleared to donate a kidney!  Will have more info sometime next month.

    MY LATEST KIDNEY MATCH!  Yehoshua Kahn, 37 year old father of 4 from a suburb of Jerusalem, donated
    a kidney in January to a mother of 5 from Ashdod.  Transplant took place in Beilinson, Petah Tikva in January.  
    Yehoshua contacted me that he wanted to donate a kidney after he saw a posting I had for his recipient in an
    Israeli website!  Yehoshua is a former resident of Los Angeles, moved to Israel 17 years ago. This is the 2nd
    kidney match I made for this family.  The first one was in 2012 to the son of his recipient!  The family has PKD -
    Polycystic Kidney Disease which is hereditary.


    This website inspires a man in Israel to donate a kidney!   I was in Israel in December and had posted
    on Facebook that I was there. Someone from Israel contacted me through Facebook that he wanted to thank me
    in person, not realizing that I had already come back to the USA. I asked him why he wanted to thank me.  He
    said, he donated a kidney in Israel to a stranger, because of this website!  How cool is that!   

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    Kidney matches in the progress!    Will keep you posted here as they happen!

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    My Last TV interview:  I was interviewed for PIX11 TV news station based in New York City, on behalf of
    Torrey Green, who is about 7 years on dialysis and in need of a kidney. There were numerous responses as a
    result. Donor cleared to donate a kidney!  Transplant will be in June. To watch this TV interview, click here.  

    My last newspaper interview:   To read the article, "Donate A Kidney To Save Your Life".- click here:  Also,
    a kidney recipient from a match I had made in Israel, was interviewed for The Jerusalem Post. I was mentioned in
    this article.  For the article, "The Human Spirit:  When One Good Deed Leads To Another" - click here.  
         
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    Personal Note: My beloved mother had passed away, in December 2012.  We were so close. She was my
    best friend!  A very special person, who did great Mitzvahs (good deeds) for decades.  Since she passed
    away, I took upon myself my mother's Mitzvah project and since then, have not been able to do as much with
    my kidney donation project.   I am sorry I won't be able to help most of the people who have contacted me who
    are in need of a kidney.  If anyone out there would like to donate a kidney - will still be matching up when I can,
    so please contact me.
  
    I wrote about my beloved mother, and the article was in 2 newspapers.  For the article I wrote  about her in the
    Hamodia, click here.    For the article I wrote about her in Yated Ne'eman, click here.

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    Great news!  Couple, both donated a kidney to a stranger!!  First the wife - Baila Teitelbaum, 37 years old,  
    from Brooklyn, (lives a few blocks from my house,) donated a kidney years ago, as a result of a flier I hung up a
    couple of blocks away at a fish store, seeking kidney donors.  Then, her husband, Aaron, 43 years old, donated a
    kidney recently!  (I had only made the wife's kidney match). What special people they are!

    Latest kidney matches!  A father of 2, in his 40's from New Jersey,  who wishes to remain anonymous,
    donated a kidney in a kidney swap!  He contacted me that he wanted to donate a kidney, as a result of a Jewish
    internet group.   He was not a match for a man in Illinois whom I had him test for, but donated a kidney in a kidney
    swap through the National Kidney Registry.  And in return, the person I had him test for and wasn't a match for,
    got a kidney from someone else in the swap!    Swaps are the way to go for many who have a hard time finding a
    match!  Transplant took place at New York Presbytarian- Columbia last February.

    Prior to that. I had another kidney match that happened, less than 2 months before.  A man in his 50's, father of 3
    from New Jersey, who had moved to Israel some years ago donated a kidney to Enid Wurtman, a 70 year old
    woman, who was from Philadelphia who had moved to Israel decades ago. There were many news stories about
    her in the USA and in Israel and she had at least 20 donors prior and none had worked out!  Donor was a result
    of my posting for her in a Jewish internet group.  Transplant took place at Beilinson in Israel last December.

    About one month prior I had my first Facebook kidney match!  Peter DelMasto,  a 58 year old Special Ed teacher
    from Massachussets  donated a kidney to a 71 year old man, as a result of a posting I had on Facebook for his
    recipient!  Transplant took place at New York Presbytarian - Columbia last November.  
                                                            
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    Donated a kidney while spending the year in Israel!   Doctor Devora Steinmetz, mother of 8, wife of a Rabbi
    from New York City, donated a kidney to a stranger in May 2012 to a 22 year old man from Israel!  Kidney
    transplant was in Israel.  This mother of 8, was spending a year in Israel decided to donate  a kidney while there!  
    She contacted me that she had wanted to donate a kidney after seeing a posting I had for the person she ended
    up donating a kidney to.     

         Two of the kidney matches I was also involved with:  
    Daniel Michael, 46 year old father of 4 from Israel, donated a kidney last March to a 24 year old man from Israel  
    Transplant took place at Beilinson in Israel.  Daniel contacted me after seeing a posting I had in a Jewish group in
    Israel for a 24 year old who needed a kidney.  That 24 year old found another donor, so I contacted another
    kidney donor who is with an organization in Israel called Matnat Chaim,(Gift of Life) and he knew of 2 other 24
    year olds in Israel who needed a kidney and so Daniel donated to one of the two!  

    Rabbi Ari Sytner, 34 year old father of 4 from Charlotte  South Carolina, donated a kidney last December to a
    mother of 3 from Israel.  Transplant took place at Montefiore Medical Center, NY.  Rabbi Sytner contacted me that
    he wanted to donate a kidney, after reading about me in a magazine, called Jewish Action.  Another kidney donor
    who is with an organization in Israel Matnat Chaim, knew of a  mother of 3 in Israel who needed a kidney and
    willing to come to the USA for a transplant, and so I asked Rabbi Sytner to get in touch with this other kidney
    donor. To read Rabbi Sytner's great story, "The Greatest Gift I Ever Gave", click here


    ONE OF MY LATEST INTERNET INTERVIEWS:  "The Kidney Matchmaker" -  Interview by Chabad.
    org.  For the article, click here.

    ONE OF MY  LATEST TV INTERVIEWS:  I was interviewed  for News12, Bronx.  Filming took place at
    Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.  Also interviewed, was a doctor with that hospital and also someone on
    my list who needs a kidney. I was also interviewed last year on News12, Brooklyn.   Also interviewed,  was as a
    kidney recipient from a kidney match I made.  To watch this short interview, "Kidney Matchmaker"  click here.

         TEACHER DONATES A KIDNEY!
    Congratulations to: Jennifer Rothstein, 39 year old teacher, mother of 2, from Cherry Hill, New Jersey,
    donated a kidney  to a 13 year old girl form Brooklyn, New York. Article about this match was in the October 30,
    2011 edition of the New York Daily News. Jennifer contacted me after seeing a posting I had in a Jewish internet
    group. For the article, titled, "Brooklyn Teen Sofia Manfredi Finds Kidney Match, Donor on Web" click
    here.  Transplant took place at New York Presbytarian - Cornell, in New York City.  This match also made the
    news in other newspapers as well.


         SCIENTIST DONATES A KIDNEY!
    Congratulations to: Jessica Langer, a 40 year old SCIENTIST and mother of 3, from Highland Park, NJ,
    donated a kidney in August to a 33 year old mother of 3 from Brooklyn.  Jessica donated a kidney after seeing a
    posting I had in a Jewish internet group.  Transplant took place at Montefiore Medical Center, New York.

    Congratulations to:  Marci Rapps, 57 year old mother of 4 from Israel, (who had moved there from Canada),
    on her kidney donation!  Marci donated a kidney to a mother of 6, who also had moved to Israel from Canada.
    Marci contacted me that she had wanted to donate a kidney after she saw a posting I had in a Jewish internet
    group in Israel, for one of 2 sisters who needed a kidney.  She ended up testing for both sisters and was a match
    for both!  Judith Abrahams, who moved to Israel from Scotland, ended up donating to the other sister. Both Marci
    and Judith have become close friends, since meeting! Transplant took place at Beilinson in Israel. Marci has a
    great modest swimwear business called MarSea Swimwear -  www.Marseamodest.com.  To read Marci's great
    interview, "Modest Swimsuit Designer Donates Kidney to a Stranger,"  click here

    Congratulations to:  Aaron Lapp, 30 year old father of  4, from New York, (formerly of New Jersey), who
    donated a kidney to a mother of 2 from Israel!  This match was made with another kidney donor, who had asked
    me to find a donor for this woman.  I had posted for her in a Jewish internet group and Aaron responded!  
    Transplant took place at Montefiore Medical Center, in New York.

    Congratulations to Judith Lowitz a 50 year old nurse of Maryland, who donated a kidney March to a woman
    from New York.  Judith was referred to me by Lori Palatnik, another kidney donor, who's kidney match I had
    made!  Judith did so well, thank G-d, was released from the hospital the next day! Surgery was held at New York
    Presbytarian hospital-Columbia, in New York.  Transplant was filmed for a major TV network documentary.

    Congratulations to Liba Bracha of Israel- formerly of the USA, on her kidney donation to a stranger! She
    donated a kidney to a father of 7.  Transplant took place at Beilinson hospital in Israel.  Liba Bracha contacted me
    that she wanted to donate a kidney, after seeing a posting I had in a Jewish Yahoo Group.  Liba means beloved
    and Bracha means, blessing!  She is a very beloved person and a blessing to society!  She certainly lives up to
    her name!

    Thank you to Feigie Morgenstern of New York who spoke on a radio program about kidney donation, on
    behalf of someone in desperate need of a kidney. I asked her to speak instead of me, as I knew she would do a
    greater job, which she did!  She was a 57 year old mother of 6 when she donated a kidney to a stranger. And, her
    niece and brother-in-law also donated a kidney to a stranger!  What a family!
       
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    Patrick Duncan of Virginia, (a Veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq)  had asked me "What is a
    swap?"  Then ends up donating  a kidney in the world's largest kidney swap, in which 16
    people received a kidney!  
    Patrick Duncan of Virginia, contacted me last July after seeing my Craigs List posting for Flora, a Virginia woman
    who needed a kidney.  Flora had very high antibodies and was very difficult to find a match for.  I had asked him if
    he wasn't a match for her, if he can be in a swap for her at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington DC -
    one of the hospitals that Flora was registered with.  Anyhow, at that time, he didn't know anything about kidney
    swaps, and asked me back then, "What exactly is a kidney swap and what does it entail?"  I explained to him in
    depth what it meant and Patrick got very interested in swaps based on the info I gave him.  Anyhow, so he joined
    the swap that would increase Flora's chances in getting a kidney as she was difficult to match, and swaps are the
    way to go with people who are so difficult to match up.

    In the end, I also had a kidney donor in a swap program at John Hopkins Hospital in Maryland.  Coincidentally,
    both hospitals had a swap for Flora. John Hopkins was the first hospital that contacted Flora that a match was
    found. Another donor I had in a swap for her at John Hopkins, Sean Mackiewicz, ended up donating a kidney to
    someone else in the swap, so she can get a kidney!  And so I told Patrick that Flora got a kidney from someone at
    John Hopkins and being that I asked Patrick to be in a swap for Flora at Georgetown University Hospital, he went
    ahead and donated a kidney in their swap anyhow, which ended up being part of a swap in which 16 people got a
    kidney!  Way to go, Patrick!  There was a great article written about his kidney swap.  To read the article,
    "Surgeons Swap 32 Kidneys in Largest Ever Transplant in the U.S.", click here.  To watch his fantastic NBC
    interview, click here.

        Sean Mackiewicz of North Dakota donated a kidney in a swap!  
    Sean Mackiewicz donated a kidney lin a kidney chain that enabled Flora to get a kidney.   Sean was24 years old,  
    at the time and works in the oil fields, and is from  North Dakota (formerly of Colorado) and had contacted me
    years ago as a result of Craigs List posting I had seeking kidney donors. I asked Sean to test for Flora, but he
    was not a match for her, but agreed to be in a swap for her that would increase her chances in getting a kidney.  
    He stood by her all these years waiting for a swap to come along!  He is an amazing!  He was the 7th person to
    donate a kidney in the chain!  And because of Sean's kidney donation, an 8th person received a kidney, as part
    of the chain!  Sean is doing very well an went back to work 9 days after his kidney donation!  To watch Sean's
    interview "Williston Man Donates A Kidney", that was on KXNET (CBS-TV, N. Dakota), click here.  To read the
    article version of this story, click here.


       900 people show up to hear a Kidney Donor speak about her kidney donation!
    When Lori Palatnik of Maryland (who's kidney match I made, once spoke in London about her kidney donation.  
    900 people showed up to hear her speak!  Wow!  Great! Not many people can get a crowd like that!


                                                       Another "Chaya" donates a kidney!  
        Chaya (Bini) Masin, Mother of 4 from Florida, donated a kidney to a father of 2!
    This was  my 4th kidney match, in which the donor who donated a kidney had the name Chaya!  Not surprising as
    the name Chaya, means life-giving!  Chaya Masin, a mother of 4 from  Florida donated a kidney to Gabriel, a
    father of 2 from Jerusalem.  The kidney transplant took place in the USA.  Chaya first contacted me when her
    friend was in need of a kidney. She wasn't the right blood type, but wanted to donate to someone else instead.  
    Chaya and her recipient are doing great, thank G-d! Another life, saved!
                                                       
                                               
Hello, Melbourne!
    A Melbourne woman contacted me that she wants to donate a kidney, after seeing my posting in a Melbourne
    group seeking a donor for a mother of 4 children, who is on dialysis. New country I am happy to assist with in
    finding a donor!  This potential donor finnished all her required medical tests, but, don't know yet if she is a
    match. The person she was going to donate a kidney to,, became ill and not sure yet she can have a transplant.

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         Kidney Donor's own life saved by her kidney donation!
    Read this remarkable story, and see the great video, ''Kidney Donor's Life Saved By Surgery'' - click here
    There are many people out there who have wanted to donate a kidney, but because of the extensive medical
    testing one has to do prior to donating a kidney, people have been ruled out from donating a kidney because
    they found out they had a medical issue they didn't know about prior.  So donating a kidney can result in
    one's own life being saved!  In this story though, this woman found out she had a tumor the size of a golf ball,
    behind her kidney.  Doctors were able to remove it and she still was able to donate a kidney!  But had she not
    offered to donate a kidney, she may have never found out about it!   Someone once told me about a young man
    who was tested to donate a kidney to someone, and he found out from one of the tests he had cancer!  The
    cancer was removed as a result. He was no longer able to donate a kidney, but if he didn't offer to test for
    someone in need of a kidney, he may have not found out until much later on which could have been too late!
                                                               
   
        Chaya Ben Baruch, mother of 10 from Tsfat (Safed), Israel, donated a kidney to a father of 3!

    Chaya Ben Baruch of Jerusalem, (formerly of New York and then Alaska),  a mother of 10 children, donated a
    kidney last August to a father of 3 from Israel!  Someone in Israel who knows Chaya, saw my posting in Israel for
    someone in need of a kidney and told her about it! She is an extraordinary person.  She has one biological
    child with Down's Syndrome and adopted 3 more Down's Syndrome children abandoned at birth!  She
    has also launched an organization in Israel called Birkat Haderech  to encourage women either to keep their
    Down's babies, or she helps them find the babies a loving home. The organization keeps a list of families
    prepared to foster Down's babies, and contacts them when there is a baby in need of a home. Amazing! What a
    great mitzvah! Her transplant took place at Beilinson Medical Center in Israel.  To read her story, click here


       Tirtza Rosenthal of Monsey, NY donated a kidney to father of a young child!

    Tirtza, a mother of 3 from New York, donated a kidney to a father of a 5 year old from Jerusalem at Mt. Sinai
    hospital,Tirtza go in touch with me after seeing a posting I had in Yahoo group for someone in need of a kidney.  
    The man she donated a kidney to, is hoping that he would now be able to have more children, as he hasn't been
    able to when he was on dialysis!   Tirtza met the person she donated a kidney to, for the first time when they both
    came out after surgery!

        Tom O'Driscoll of Houson donated a kidney to a stranger!

    Tom O'Driscoll, of Houston Texas, donated a kidney to Carolyn B., a radio producer of Los Angeles  at Cedars
    Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles. Tom contacted me that he wanted to donate a kidney, after hearing me on
    ''This American Life'' on NPR.  My thanks to Amanda Nathan, a kidney recipient from  San Antonio, Texas who
    accompanied Tom to Los Angeles for his kidney donation, so she can assist him during his stay at the hospital!
    And Amanda also arranged for Tom to stay with her relatives in Los Angeles for his recuperation!  Wow!  Amanda
    you are awesome!!!  Thank you so much!  Carolyn's new kidney is working great, thank G-d!


        Maggie Ervin kidney donation, started a kidney chain!

    Maggie of San Francisco, donated a kidney recently  Her kidney donation started a kidney chain!  So far 3
    people got a kidney as a result!  Maggie had contacted me after hearing me on ''This American Life'' on NPR
    and had wanted to donate a kidney. We met when she first came to New York, and she is awesome!  So humble
    and so sweet!  Anyhow, since she took a full time job she decided to donate locally and walked into a hospital and
    ended up starting a kidney chain!   Wow!  To see a video of this amazing person and read about her kidney
    donation,  ''How This American Life, Saved A Life'', click here

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    Congratulations to kidney donor Shmuel Waldman of Lakewood, NJ, who got his sister-in-law to
    donate a kidney as well!  And Shmuel, made that kidney match as well!

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    *  Congratulations to Rabbi Ephraim Simon, a father of 9 and kidney donor -  who spoke at an event in Toronto
    on behalf of people who need of a kidney, which resulted in 20 people coming forward to be tested for
    people in need of a kidney!  Wow!           
  
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    * There were  blood drives and bone marrow drives in my community and other areas of the city I live in.  
    People attend blood drives and bone marrow drives, because they want to save lives!  So I figured it may be
    worth going to talk to people about kidney donation as well! If you or a loved one is in need of a kidney, and does
    not have anyone to donate a kidney to them, it may pay to go to a community blood drive or bone marrow drive
    and talk to people about kidney donation.

    * I was contacted by a Canadian production company for info on kidney donation, for a TV special that was on
    HBO.  

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    * A special thank you to Dr. Jonathan Winston, nephrologist at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY for
    inviting me to a very fascinating symposium on the organ shortage.  Dr. Winston was program chair and
    moderator at this event which was organized by the Kidney & Urology Foundation of America.

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    I once former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg a while ago and I mentioned to him about something needs to
    be done about the kidney shortage in New York.  I handed him a letter about my ideas for incentives to get more
    people to donate a kidney.  Yes, the kidney shortage is not just a New York problem, but a major problem in every
    city in the USA. And because of some of former Mayor Bloomberg's past reforms, New York has served as a role
    model for other cities and countries throughout the world!   So if something is done here in New York to get more
    people to donate a kidney to prevent more people from dying, whatever program he would come up with, that
    could help alleviate the kidney shortage not just in New York but perhaps in other cities in the USA as well!  Over
    7,000 people are waiting for a kidney in NY alone.
                                                                                                                      
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                                                                     Congratulations to:

    * David Koster of Brooklyn, New York, who donated a kidney many years ago, inspired someone else to donate a
    kidney!  He is a car service driver and years ago spoke to this woman who was a passenger at the time, about
    kidney donation.  And she contacted David after her kidney donation recently,  and said it was because of him
    she donated a kidney to a stranger!  H often speaks to his passengers about kidney donation and others have
    been inspired and will hopefully others will donate a kidney as well.  Wow!  And all the other kidney donors who
    have done so much like,  Moshe M. - a father of 10 from Brooklyn, NY who donated a kidney to a stranger about 4
    years ago, also  made his 2nd kidney match!  Another kidney donor, Shmuel W. of Lakewood, NJ, was a young
    father of 2 kids, when he donated a kidney, has made numerous kidney matches as well.  And Lori Palatnik, of
    Silver Spring, Maryland who is a mother of 5 and who also donated a kidney to a stranger, is a public speaker and
    has encouraged people as well to donate a kidney.  Wow!  This doesn't surprise me!  All of us kidney donors feel
    it was no big deal to donate a kidney and want to do so much more!  And some have!

    * Chaya L. a mother of 9 children, of Jerusalem Israel,  (yes another woman with my initials), donated a kidney to
    a mother of 12!  Chaya L. had seen my posting in a Yahoo group about this mother of 12 who needed a kidney.  
    Donor and recipient are doing very well, thank G-d!  I had made her kidney match.

    *  Leah W., a mother of 12, also of Jerusalem Israel donated a kidney to a father of 2!  I had made her kidney
    match.  Leah had found out about me through a posting I had for kidney donors that was forwarded to her,and
    asked me to match her up with someone in need of a kidney, which I was happy to do!

    *  Leah S. of Brooklyn, NY donated a kidney to a father of 7!  Leah had seen a flyer I had put up for someone who
    was in need of a kidney and contacted me that she had wanted to donate a kidney.  This flyer was in a printing
    store in Flatbush, Brooklyn,  That was an old flyer, and that person had already had a kidney transplant.  Leah
    ended up donating a kidney to someone else (not through me).  She was supposed to donate a kidney years ago
    to her mother - but her mother had died before she was able to donate a kidney to her.  G-d bless Leah for doing
    a wonderful thing in her mother's memory.
 
    * Gina Mingrone from Maine, donated a kidney to a stranger!  Gina contacted me a while back about donating a
    kidney and she was found not to be a match.  She  has since been in touch with the Maine Medical Center and
    together with the New England Paired Kidney Exchange a match was found for her!  Awesome!

    * Karen Glover, of Boston, Massachussets donated a kidney to a stranger!  Karen heard me on "This American
    Life" on NPR  and contacted me that she had wanted to donate a kidney.  I had matched her up with someone,
    but she was not a match.  She had then decided to just walk into her local hospital and donate a kidney to anyone
    who needed one!  Wow!   Anyhow, I spoke to Karen since her kidney donation and she and the person she
    donated a kidney to, are doing great!  She met her kidney recipient for the first time, 2 days after she donated a
    kidney to him!  Karen, way to go!  So proud of you!!!

    *Rabbi Ephraim Simon of Chabad Lubavitch, Teaneck, NJ donated a kidney to a stranger!  Rabbi Simon is a
    father of 10, youngest child is only 2 years old.  Rabbi Simon saw a posting I had in a Jewish Yahoo Group.  He is
    awesome. Other times he had seen postings that I had for people who needed a kidney - he has said to me,
    "What about me?"  He wanted to save the world!  To read his story, click on "Local Rabbi Donates Kidney To
    Stranger."  Also you can hear his radio interview on the "Donate A Kidney" page of this website - left hand side,
    towards bottom of the page.

    * Jordan Brough a father of a 1 year old boy donated a kidney and started a kidney chain!  Jordan heard Chaya
    talk on "This American Life" and decided to walk into a hospital to donate a kidney to anyone!  And that resulted
    in a 14 person kidney exchange!!  Jordan first met his recipient 2 weeks after donating a kidney.  Wow!  (see his
    picture, left) For his story, click on, "The Chain Of Life:  "Kidney Exchange Pools Doctors, Donors,
    Recipients."  Must say a hearty thank you  to his wife for allowing him to donate a kidney, despite having a
    young child!  G-d bless you!  And a great big thank you to all spouses out there who have allowed their spouse to
    donate a kidney!  They are amazing!!!

    *Debbie Dunn of Utah, donated a kidney to a Stranger!   Debbie contacted me about donating a kidney and I had
    matched her up with 2 people on my list who needed a kidney.  She wasn't a match for either.  Anyhow - she just
    walked into a hospital in Utah and decided to donate a kidney to anyone! Way to go!  Debbie and the person who
    she donated a kidney to are doing great, thank G-d!

    * Nancy Murrell of Pittsburgh, PA, donated a kidney to a Stranger! I had made Nancy's kidney match.  Nancy
    contacted that she wanted to donate a kidney after hearing me on "This American  Life" on NPR, which was
    repeated on the air again, last January.   Hospital:  Mt. Sinai.  (This match will be featured on a TV documentary
    and has been the subject of recent newspaper articles and on-line websites)    BOTH NANCY & her recipient
    ANTHONY ARE DOING GREAT! Neither had any pain after their surgery! Nancy left the hospital only 1 day after
    her kidney donation!  And Anthony is home as well. His new kidney, which is working great!  Thank G-d, no more
    dialysis for him!  Also, congratulations to Nancy on her new website!  Check it out - "Kidney Mama:  A Resource
    for Living Kidney Donors."

            
    Other news...

    * Someone from England who needed a kidney (received one from a cadaver)  told me that a story that was
    written about 3 years ago about my kidney donation and project to help others, in an England newspaper - that
    article has been posted for the past 3 years on the main board of the  Kidney Transplant Division of the Royal
    Free Hospital in London to encourage more kidney donation!

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    * Great article: "What Prospective Kidney Donors Need to Know" Excellent, must read article for anyone
    considering kidney donation. Published in the New York Daily News.  Click here  for the article.

    * Check out great  Kidney Donation article,  "Chain of Life".  Great three part multi-media series by Star Ledger-
    New Jersey. .  Click here for one of the series of articles:  From there,  you can check out the others in the series
    on their website:  www.nj.com.   See also their great video, "Kidney Transplant Chain Helps Six Patients", on
    their website - or on the bottom of the "Websites-Kidney Donors" page.

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          Kidney Drive!

    There was an article on August 4th, 2009, on an ABC-TV website, titled "I Gave Away My Kidney" which was
    about a woman in Scotland who said she donated a kidney after hearing a radio appeal asking for live donors to
    part with a kidney.

    Way back then I wrote, "Hmm.  I like this idea of a "Kidney Drive", as I interpreted it.  If this can happen in Scotland
    - why not in the USA???!!!!   Any ideas?"

    UPDATE:  I posted the above statement regarding this article and the idea of a Kidney Drive not long after the
    article came out in 2009. I had also e-mailed this article with “Kidney Drive” on the subject line to an organization
    that I know and  also e-mailed it that same day, to a kidney transplant coordinator and surgeon at a hospital I am
    very friendly with.  Kind of e-mailed it as a hint.  A kidney drive sounded like a nice idea. I didn't know though if
    this can actually be done.  Anyhow, about 6 weeks later, this organization had their first kidney drive! Lives are
    being saved as a result. Great job!  This organization is small, organization that does not want to be well known.  
    Hopefully though, other organizations will follow. And not just organizations, how about places of worship?  So this
    can be great for those who have a hard time finding a match, and in particular those who don't have family
    members to test for them or anyone eligible to be in a swap for them.

    Also, I had posted a "Kidney Donors Honor Roll" on this website since it's inception, January 2008,  to inspire
    others to donate a kidney. The organization that had their first kidney drive, had posted also a Kidney Donors
    Honor Roll at their kidney drive, listing people  in their community who have donated a kidney.  For those who
    would consider doing a kidney drive, this a good idea, for others considering kidney donation, to see that others
    in their community have done so. More about Kidney Drive, ideas, click on the "Need A Kidney" tab.


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         Are hospitals becoming too open to allowing strangers to donate a kidney? At least one hospital is.....

    Someone told me about her husband in need of a kidney.  Has numerous children.  Looking though for a stranger
    to donate a kidney instead.  I told the wife of the person in need of a kidney, that I can't help her husband.  She
    needs to have children tested.  After telling her this, I see a posting on the internet that she is looking for a kidney
    for her husband.  This is not right! Someone else's child is ok to donate a kidney to her husband, but not her own
    child??  

    What is also outrageous, is that the hospital where her husband is registered with, does not care whether a
    person gets a kidney from a family member or stranger. They will accept a stranger, without questioning family
    members to test first.   A coordinator at this hospital has said "We do not mandate that family be tested first......So
    even if they have children, it's ok for them to get a stranger"  Oy!

    There is a great shortage of kidneys.  And difficult for people to find a kidney donor.  Strangers should only
    donate a kidney to someone who has no family members who are not a match.  And if someone who needs a
    kidney has a family member who is not a match - they should do a swap through their hospital.  If their hospital
    doesn't have a swap program, they should switch to a hospital that does! The fact of the matter is, this particular
    person who doesn't want to have family members test, their hospital is connected with 2 swap/paired exchange
    programs.

    A hospital should first screen all family members of those in need of a kidney and encourage that family member
    to donate - and should only have strangers donate as a last resort, if family members are disqualified for medical
    or psychiatric reasons.

    Before any person considers donating a kidney to a stranger, they have the right to question that person who
    needs the kidney to find out if they have possibly any family members that can donate a kidney to them and
    question if there is a family member, why that family member cannot donate to the person who needs a kidney.  
    One should reserve their kidney to donate it to someone who has no one in their family that is a possibility.  There
    are plenty of such people out there that desperately need a kidney and have no family members that are a
    possiblity to donate a kidney to them.

    For more info, feel free to contact Chaya - using the "Contact Us" link or e-mail KidneyMitzvah@aol.com        
Another kidney donors picture!
Left to right:  Michael Jerry,  donated a
kidney to his girlfriend, June
McGlashen, an ex NYPD cop (see story
on right.)  Photo with David Koster,
who donated a kidney to a stranger.

Photo taken at a Kidney Disease and
Organ Transplantation Forum at a
Public School in Brooklyn, NY.,
November 30, 2006.  Chaya was one of
the speakers at this event.
Left to right:  Dr. Stuart Greenstein,
Kidney Transplant surgeon,
Professor of Surgery,  Montefiore
Medical Center, Bronx, NY, with
Barbara Lindower, Transplant
Coordinator.

Dr. Greenstein is with the hospital
where Chaya donated a kidney.  He is
a special Kidney Transplant surgeon.
According to Chaya, one of the nicest
doctors in the world!   Dr. Greenstein
was nominated for a Jewish
Community Hero.  To read about his
nomination,
click here
What's new?  See newsletter below,
Utah man donates a kidney, which resulted in a massive 14 person exchange!  
This Utah man,had decided to donate a kidney after hearing Chaya on "This American Life" on NPR.   For more information about
this great story, click on this article, from the Salt Lake City Tribune, click on this link in 2 parts
:  "The Chain of Life"
PLEASE HELP SAVE A LIFE!!!
If you are any blood type, you can help save a life!
Many of those are in desperate need!   If you would
like more info, check out the Donate A Kidney tab on
this website, or click on the Contact Us tab. Thanks!!!
Nancy Murrel, after her kidney
donation! Nancy donated a kidney  to
Anthony Cottman, a stranger.  Chaya
made her kidney match.

Photo taken at Mt. Sinai Medical
Center, NYC, June 25, 2009.  Read
Nancy's stories - click on:
Story before
her
kidney donation and Story after her
kidney donation   Check out her new
website,
KidneyMama.com -  A  Resource
for Living Kidney Donors.

For Anthony's website, click on "Kidney
Transplantation Nation.com
Ruth Schlossman, kidney donor. Chaya
had made her kidney match.  Ruth.had
contacted Chaya after hearing about
Lori Palatnik's  kidney match that
Chaya had made. To read Ruth's story,  
click on:
 "Arrivals:  Ruth Shlossman:  
From New Jersey to Jerusalem"
Debbie Dunn of Utah, Center, walked
into a Utah hospital and decided to
donate a kidney to anyone whom they
matched her up with!
 (She had been in
touch with Chaya who had her tested for
2 people, but she wasn't a match for
either.)

Photo taken at Utah hospital where she
donated her kidney.  Pictured, left to right:  
Debbie's father, her recipient's husband,
Debbie, her recipient, Sue Vincent,  and her
mother.
Jordan Brough  of Washington, DC
decided to donate a kidney after
hearing Chaya on "This American Life"
on NPR.  He just walked into a hospital
to donate a kidney, and his kidney
donation resulted in a 14 person
kidney exchange!  To read his story,
"Chain Of Life",  click here

Pictured with wife and young son.
Rabbi Ephraim Simon, N.J. kidney
donor and father of 9, donated kidney
to stranger, father of 10.  To read his
story
, click here.  To hear a recent
interview, go to the
"Donate A Kidney"
page of this website and  you will find it
towards the bottom, left side of the page.

Chaya had made his kidney match.
Congratulations to
Maggie Erwin of San Francisco on her kidney donation that started
a kidney chain!
 So far 3 people received a kidney because of her!
Maggie donated a kidney after hearingChaya on This American Life, on NPR.  
- Chaya's TV interview -
"KIDNEY MATCHMAKER"
For  the video of this show, click here
(Also, interviewed on this TV news program, is a kidey recipient
from one of Chaya's kidney matches )
Congratulations to:
Yehoshua Kahn from Israel, 34 year old father of 4
(who is a former resident from Los Angeles),
on his kidney donation!
Chaya's latest kidney match!
See more info under "newsletter" lower down on this page.
* CONSIDERING DONATING A KIDNEY? *
New great video with  information on kidney donation!
Click here for more info!
Maggie of San Francisco, on the left
with Chaya.   Maggie donated a kidney
at her local hospital, and started a
kidney chain!  3 people so far got a
kidney!  To read her story,
'How This
"American Life Saved A Life" click here

Maggie got in touch with Chaya that she had
wanted to donate a kidney after hearing her
on "This American Life" on  NPR.

Photo was taken when Maggie came to New
York to visit.
Karen G. of Boston, Massachussets,
contacted Chaya that she wanted to  
donate a kidney after hearing her on
"This American Life on NPR."  Chaya
had her tested for someone, but she
was not a match. Karen then decided
to walk into a local hospital and ended
up donating a kidney  to the person
the hospital matched her up with.
Another kidney match that Chaya
made was a result of a flier hung up
in the above  Synagogue,  Beis
Medrash- D'Chasidei Karlin Stolin,
located on 16th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.
Chaya receiving an award from Kings
County (NY)  District Attorney Charles
Hynes.

Photo taken at Extraordinary Women
of Brooklyn event, March 23, 2010 at
Brookyn Borough Hall.
The fish store  on 13th Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY, where Chaya hung up a
flier that resulted in a kidney match!
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO:
Sean Mackiewicz of North Dakota,
donated a kidney through a
swap
at John Hopkins, as a result of Chaya's posting on Craigs
LIst!   He went back to work 9 days later after donating a kidney!
(See newsletter below for more details!)
Leah S. of Brooklyn, NY, donated a
kidney after seeing a flier that Chaya
hung up in the store, Advanced Copy
Center, on Avenue J in Brooklyn.

Leah's mother died of kidney failure
and she donated a kidney in memory of
her mother.  Wow, G-d bless her.  What
a beatuful thing to do in one's memory.
Kidney donor, Tom O'Driscoll, of
Texas,with Carolyn, of California, the
woman he donated a kidney to.  On the
right is Chaya who made their kidney
match..  Tom decided to donate a kidney
after hearing Chaya on ''This American
Life'' on NPR.  

Photo taken when Tom & Carolyn flew to
New York and met Chaya, their kidney
matchmaker!  Photo taken April 2011 in
Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY
Chaya Ben Baruch, a mother of 9
children from Safed, Israel, donated a
kidney to a stranger.on August 9,
2010. Chaya is from New York, now
living in Israel  She has one Down's
Syndrome child and adopted 3 more.  
To read her story,
click here.   Chaya  
Lipschutz made her kidney match
Left to right: David Koster, who
donated a kidney to a stranger, with
his kidney recipient.  You can read
David's story here:
 "Kidney Donor
Speaks Out"  

To view his YouTube video, click on
"The Day in the Life of a Kidney Donor''
Sean Mackiewicz of North Dakota,,
donated a kidney through a swap at
John Hopkins on October 5th, 2010.  
(Chaya was involved with this swap,
See under "newsletter" on the right
for more details.)

To watch Sean's interview on a CBS-TV
affiliate in N. Dakota,
click here.  To
read the article to this story,
click here
Congratulations to
Patrick Duncan of Virginia
donated a kidneyj in the biggest kidney swap
in which 16 people received a kidney!
Patrick contacted Chaya before donated a kidney
and she inspired him to join a kidney swap!  
(More info under "newsletter" below.)
Patrick Duncan, with the person he
donated a kidney to in the largest
kidney swap in US history in which
16 people received a kidney!  To
read about this swap,
click here.

Photo taken at Georgetown
University Hospital, Washington, DC
Picture of all 32 kidney donors and
their recipients in the worlds
biggest kidney swap! (Patrick
Duncan is in the center)
83 YEAR OLD MAN  
donated a kidney!
For the article, click here
* Welcome! *
Aaron Lapp, kidney donor and  father of 4
from Monsey, NY, donated a kidney to
Tali, a mother of 2 from Israe in June 2011

This is a kidney match that Chaya had
made with another kidney donor who had
asked Chaya to find a match for Tali.  
Aaron responded to a posting Chaya had,
seeking a kidney donor for Tali.  Aaron is
the owner of a Teaneck business called
KozyKitchens.com.  Photo taken on July
4th, 2011 at Aaron's home.
Jennifer Rothstein, donated a kidney
to a stranger. Chaya made her
kidney match.

Jennifer donated a kidney on November 1,
2011.  To read a story about her kidney
donation,
click here
Husband & wife donates a
kidney!Sherry & Mike Whisler of
Iowa, with Mike's kidney recipient.

For the article, "Couple Feel Call To
Give Kidneys
", click here
HUSBAND & WIFE
DONATED A KIDNEY!
For the story, of this amazing couple,
click here  (Note: This article was written  
before the husband donated his kidney)
Chaya's TV Interiew, "Kidney
Matchmaker - November 6, 2011.  
For the interview,
click here
Transplant surgeon donated a kidney to
his mother!   Dr. Asim Syed, left, with his
mother and father.

For the article
"Transplant Surgeon
Becomes First Ever To Donate His
Own Kidney"
, click here
Rabbi Ari Sytner, kidney donor with
his wife, kids and on the right, his
kidney recipient.  Rabbi Sytner
contacted Chaya that he wanted to
donate a kidney, after reading about
her in a magazine and Chaya put him
in touch with someone who knew
about this woman who needed a
kidney.

Rabbi Sytner donated a kidney in
December 2011.  To read  his story,
click here
Marci Rapps, mother of 5, who
donated a kidney to a stranger.  
Marci is a donor from one of the
kidney matches Chaya was involved
with.    

To read one of Marci's interviews,
click on:
 "MarSea Swimwear Makes
A Splash in Modest Fashion"