By Kidney Transplant Network
Philip Smith, founder of the National African American Gun Association, has created The Kidney Transplant Network. The Network is a website dedicated to connecting organ donors with individuals who qualify for an organ transplant – www.kidneytransplantnetwork.org
“As a someone who has had a loved one experience needing an organ, I understand the importance of connecting organ recipients with donors as fast as possible,” says Smith
Smith is the founder and president of The Kidney Transplant Network. His personal connection to this issue inspired him to create this platform. In 2010, Philip’s wife experienced a decrease in kidney function and urgently needed a donor. Philip faithfully dedicated his kidney to his wife. Along their journey, Philip had met many others who were going through similar experiences as his wife.
After learning about the lengthy process of receiving an organ, a process that can take an average of three and a half years – Philip concluded that the medical need of an organ transplant was too time sensitive for the recipient to not be proactive. Thus, the idea of Kidney Transplant Network was born.
The Kidney Transplant Network allows users to sign up as either a donor recipient or a donor, bridging donors with potential organ recipients. To ensure accurate matches the website tailors members profiles by blood type and other specifications.
The Kidney Transplant Network can be viewed in multiple languages including Spanish, French, and Portuguese. The planned roll out connects to Hospitals, Clinics, Dialysis Companies, Medical Transplant Teams, Non-profits, Private Organizations and Physicians.
In America, there are over 114,000 people currently on the waiting list to receive an organ transplant. African Americans are the largest group of minorities in need of an organ transplant. Kidney transplants are the highest needs in African American communities due to higher rates of diabetes and high blood pressure. The creation of Kidney Transplant Network seeks to lower the rates of need, not just among African American communities but for everyone.