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I'm considering donating my kidney. I don’t have a recipient.

Welcome! Donating a kidney and starting a Donor Chain will truly help many in need. We are here to answer all questions and make the living donation process as easy as possible. Please note that NKR provides a donor insurance policy to all Good Samaritan kidney donors (click for more information). Below is our 10- step process:

Step 1

Review the Health Guidelines for Living Donation.    Left Arrow

Step 2

Register with Us.    Register Now

Step 3

Both you and your Doctor complete, sign and return the Medical Certification Form.

Step 4

Fax, Email or Mail the Medical Certification Form to us.

Step 5

Once we have your Medical Certification Form, we will connect you with a member center of your choice for donor evaluation.

Step 6

Our member center will contact you to schedule your donor evaluations.

Step 7

Once we have the results from the donor evaluation, we will begin the matching process.

Step 8

Once we find a match, cross match (blood test(s)) will be done. The member center will provide instructions and a convenient location for the blood draw.

Step 9

If the cross match is OK we will begin to schedule a surgery date.

Step 10

There is a final cross match (blood test) one week before surgery at the member center where the surgery will take place.


We are here to answer your questions and make the living donation process as easy as possible.


General Health Guidelines for Living Donation

The following are generally-accepted requirements for living kidney donation:

  • good general health
  • normal kidney function
  • age 25 to 70 years (exceptions are made)
  • insurance coverage

Conditions that may exclude a person from becoming a living donor:

  • hypertension requiring medication
  • kidney disease
  • obesity (BMI > 35%)
  • certain infectious diseases, such as AIDS
  • some forms of diabetes
  • some forms of cancer
  • some forms of heart disease
  • ongoing drug abuse
  • some forms of hepatitis
  • some forms of psychiatric problems
  • kidney stones
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