These instructions are supporting a letter writing campaign encouraging HRSA to fund research promoting living kidney donation on a par with that done already for deceased donor promotion. They provide direction for using the accompanying template letter of support for increasing living kidney donation which you can download by clicking here:
Please feel free to customize it as much as you’d like – the more, the better. The template is meant to be as easy as possible to send (you only need to fill in the highlighted parts, name, address, etc.), but the more you can personalize it, the more impact it will have.
In particular, please consider talking about your experience in the field of transplant, your thoughts on safeguards that exist to protect kidney donors and ensure their informed consent, why living donation is important to promote, and your reasons for writing this letter.
Our goal is to get five hundred letters sent by February 1st. Please let us know anyone else who might be interested in signing that we should reach out to. Would you be interested in asking your friends, family, or colleagues to send letters? Each one helps to get the government to support living donation.
We plan on eventually sending the letters we receive to congressman and senators: please let us know if you’d prefer we didn’t do that.
We really appreciate your help! I know it seems small, but it truly makes a difference. This is an important first step in building a home for living donation in the federal government and making meaningful progress towards ending the waitlist. Thank you!