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Celebrate World Kidney Day

Get screened for chronic kidney failure

Date: March 8, 2012

Location: Cathedral Housing Community Room
1472 Washington Street

Time: 3-7 p.m.

Contact: Kendall Maggi at 800-542-0001

Sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation Serving New England

Donate life

State donor registry

Visit http://donatelife.net/register-now to enroll in your state’s donor registry to donate organs upon your death. Many states will allow you to designate which tissues or organs you choose to donate, and to withdraw your name if you change your mind. You can also list yourself as a donor on your driver’s license or state ID.

Living donation

If you are 18 and older — even senior citizens — in good general health you can donate a kidney as long as you are compatible with the recipient. Some illnesses, such as diabetes, recent cancers, hepatitis and certain infections will prohibit donation.

Paired donation

Often people cannot donate to their loved ones because they are incompatible. Their blood type and immunity differ. In paired donation, an incompatible donor and recipient are matched with another incompatible donor and recipient and the kidneys are exchanged between the pairs. This allows both donors to donate and both recipients to receive a compatible kidney. In simple terms, the pairs “swap” kidneys.

For more information about paired kidney exchange, click here.