AURORA. Colo. -- When you learn that you need a kidney transplant, it can be overwhelming, especially knowing that the wait to get one could be several years.
But University of Colorado Hospital has a unique program called Donor Champions that teaches loved ones how to search for a living kidney donor on their own, using things like social media.
Sarah Blackney attended the class. Her husband, Dalyn, has failing kidneys and needs a transplant.
The 37-year-old is a father of three boys, and Sarah wants to be proactive. “They told us people die from kidney disease everyday unless they get a donor, and I’m not willing to let that happen,” she said.
At the Donor Champion class, Dr. James Cooper and team, teach families about the transplant process and how to use social media to get the word out about their need. “We’ve found this is a very effective way of reaching out to people,” he said.