What makes Donors say "Yes" to Donating their Kidneys

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Imagine yourself to be a donor. If you received a long boring letter about needing a kidney donation, what would you do? If you were to be honest, you would say that you would "throw it away" as would many others. Therefore make your communication to a potential donor eye-catching by adding interesting points. However, keep the tone serious and be very persuasive.

Obviously the choice to donate is ultimately another individual's, and therefore you might have to live with the fact that someone may choose not to enter the realm of organ donation. The potential of saving another person's life could be one of the most persuasive elements behind organ donation. However, this is not the only factor, and you will likely have to answer some very difficult objections (spoken and unspoken) such as the following:

  • "It's a risk. Our body was made with two kidneys. What if I donate my kidney and then the other one fails?"
  • "Although you can live a normal life with only one of your kidneys, you do have to give up quite a lot of freedoms in order to stay healthy such as drinking alcohol, right?"
  • "I may need both of my kidneys while I'm alive, as I drink lots of liquids each day. But, when I'm dead all of my useful body parts are to be donated."
  • "I have kids that may need one of mine someday."

While these objections may seem daunting you should remember that many people want to help someone else if possible. To overcome these challenging thoughts or statements, KidneyBuzz.com would like you to keep top of mind  the many reasons people donate their kidneys. Here are a few:

  • "Someone I know asked me to give, and I wanted to help them."
  • "I felt emotionally moved by someone's story."
  • "I want to feel I am changing someone's life for the better."
  • "I was raised to give to those in need, and you are in need."
  • "I feel fortunate (or guilty) and want to give something back to others."
  • "I give for religious reasons - God wants me to use my blessings to help others."
  • "I want to be seen as a leader/role model."

Now you know it is important to take the donor's feelings into account in order to be successful. Below are some strategies to assist you in constructing your direct communication with a potential donor.

  • Be Totally Honest: Try to make people believe that it is essential for them to donate to you, but be completely honest.
  • Pictures are Worth a Thousand Words: Pictures can be really helpful. The pictures make your story more relatable to the donor.
  • Details: The donor wants to know everything about you. This should make-up the body of your presentation, whether written or verbal.
  • Manners Matter: Put yourself in the donors shoes, and show them the kind of respect and empathy you would want and expect.

Go out and do your best. Remember to think about what the donors are feeling and the reasons for them to say "Yes" to your request for a kidney. It will not be easy, but if you follow these strategies it will increase your chances of success.   

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