My story begins in September 2005, when I donated a kidney after seeing a newspaper ad placed by someone asking for one. Following my donation, I saw other ads from desperate people seeking kidneys. I wanted to do more to help them. So, I decided I could help by locating other potential donors, bringing these people together to save lives.
In December 2005, I started my matchmaking project to find kidney donors for people needing kidneys. I began by renting a booth at a New York expo and handing out flyers. My booth attracted a couple of thousand people, and I saw that most needed education about the donation process and effect.
Since that expo, I have focused on finding kidney donors by posting on Craig’s List and Yahoo groups. I continue to put up loads of flyers seeking kidney donors. People also have donated as a result of hearing me on This American Life on National Public Radio. I am pleased that I have made numerous kidney matches and have inspired others to donate kidneys that resulted in kidney chains.
Finding kidney donors for people needing kidneys has become my life’s mission, and I spend significant time to bring people together. However, I have a long list of individuals who have asked me to help them find a kidney. People contact me from all over the U.S., as well as internationally. I have many more people needing a kidney than I can help.
My job is not easy. People will contact me, willing to donate but then back out before the donation testing or the surgery. At one point, I convinced my brother to donate to someone on my list, which he did. I locate most donors online, though.
If you are interested in donating a kidney, please contact me at http://www.SaveALife-DonateAKidney.com.
Comment from Vicki: Chaya is incredibly dedicated and unique. She was proclaimed Health Hero by Prevention magazine, which she is. You can see her YouTube video by linking here: