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try to help as many people as possible, of all races and religions, who are in need of a kidney and to
try to find kidney donors for as many people as possible. I hope through this website I would be able
to encourage more altruistic living kidney donation
Since I donated a kidney to a stranger in September 2005 after seeing an ad in a newspaper for
someone in need of a kidney, I kept seeing more ads placed by others who were in desperate need
of a kidney. So I decided to start a project to help others in need of a kidney. I first took out a booth
at an Expo in New York City in December 2005 to promote kidney donation an educate the public.
Since then, from time to time I post on the internet and hang up fliers seeking kidney donors. I have
had many inquiries about kidney donation in the past and it was time consuming to keep sending
requests for information. So now, my life will be a little easier, just referring people to my website that
will have all the info. Also, people had wanted to know more about myself since many have seen my
postings on the internet and fliers I put up in communities and some have wanted to make sure I am
legit, which I am. So having my own website, with all the information about myself and my project,
does after all legitimize me!
I did this basically on my own and it was difficult and time consuming since I don't have any
experience or training in web design. When I was finnishing up this website before putting on the
web, I had needed some help with it. So I decided to post in one of the Yahoo Groups that I belong
to, a request for help with my website. Jonathan Kaplan of Croton Watch Company responded and
helped me get this website up and running in such a short notice. Jonathan didn't know me - I was a
total stranger. But he answered my plea for help and didn't ask for a penny. My deep gratitude to this
very special person!
More about myself:
Jewish Press, placed by the person I ended up donating a kidney to. The ad said "Please help save
a Jewish life - New Jersey mother of 2 in dire need of kidney - Whoever saves one life from Israel it is
as if they saved an entire nation."
The hardest part was keeping this back from my mother, not telling her that I was going to donate a
kidney! And I live with her - so it was more difficult. So I had to do this behind her back - and she
didn't find out until after I donated a kidney! Another kidney donor came to my mother's house to tell
my mother first that she had donated a kidney and then said "by the way, your daughter is in the
hospital and also donated a kidney!" Thank G-d, my mother took it well, as expected. For more on
my story, click here, for a speech I gave at a Kidney Disease and Organ Transplantation Forum, in
which I tell my story.
Anyhow, since my kidney donation, I still continued to see more ads for people in need of a kidney. I
felt like I didn't do enough and that I needed to do more to help the many others who are in desperate
need of a kidney. So I first took out a booth to promote kidney donation at the Jewish Market Place
Expo which was a 3 day event held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City, in
Prevention Magazine ,New York Daily News, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Salt Lake Tribune, Brooklyn
Borough President Marty Markowitz’s publication, Assemblyman Dov Hikind’s newsletter, and some
weekly newspapers in New York, NJ, Minnesota and in Britain. Also, there was an article in The Salt
Lake Tribune about someone who heard me on the radio, and that resulted in that person donating a
kidney that started a 14 person exchange!
I was interviewed by a reporter with CNN. My website has also been mentioned on various other TV
I had spoken at 2 events as well – one was at a Halachic Organ Donation Seminar at a synagogue in
New Jersey in July 2006 and the other was a Kidney Disease and Organ Transplantation Forum in
November, 2006 that was attended by government officials. (On the left is a picture of me at the latter
event and below that, is a link to a speech I gave at this event - which is also a story about my kidney
I have been on the radio as well - on "This American Life” on National Public Radio, twice and on
NY Assemblyman Dov Hikind’s weekly radio show on WMCA AM, New York.
I was also on 2 TV programs including a ½ hour TV special ABC-TV on Organ Donation, called
"Giving Life: The Story of Organ Donation." (See home page for video of this show.)
My brother donated a kidney as well – to someone on my list who was in need of a kidney.
Besides the matches I already made and the others that will be happening soon, I have more kidney
matches in the works.
I don’t get paid for doing this and don't charge a fee. Just like my kidney donation was altruistic, so is
my kidney matchmaking.
I post from time to time on the internet seeking kidney donors on Craigs List, Yahoo Groups and
other venues. I put up fliers as well. One of the matches I made is a result of the kidney donor
seeing a flier I had at a fish store! There was another match that I was involved with that was also th
result of a flier I hung up.
she was writing and had given me the title of "Kidney Matchmaker." After she gave me that title, I
thought, hmmm, maybe that is what I am! So every now and then, I use that title! Thanks Jordan, for
I have accumulated a list of a lot of people in need of a kidney. People from many cities in the USA
and other parts of the world have contacted me asking me to find a kidney donor for them.
My goal is to help save lives of others who are in desperate need of a kidney regardless of race or
or a posting on the internet, I strongly suggest that you question first the person in need of a kidney.
First find out if they have any siblings, children, etc. If they do, find out if they have had any family
members tested, There are many people out there who don't have any family members to donate a
kidney to them and have no choice but to seek out strangers. These are the people that should be
considered first for kidney donation. When someone in need of a kidney calls me up and asks me to
find a kidney donor for them, I first question them about having family members test for them. This
needs to be encouraged. I have had to turn down people in need of a kidney who have had family
members to donate a kidney to them, but did not want to take a kidney from a family member! This is
wrong, unless that family member has medical or psychological issues. I have a list of many people in
need of a kidney and if someone sees a posting that I have and says they want to donate a kidney to
someone, I would generally match that person up with someone who either doesn't have any family
members their blood type, or who have had family members tested but were ot a match or were
ruled out for kidney donation because of their own medical issues.
information. please feel free to contact me! I would be happy to give you any information you need.
No obligation. Also you can click on "Donate a Kidney" for more information, such as requirements
and what's involved with the process including testing - and also click on "Websites-KidneyDonation"
for stories about kidney donors, organizations that give you more information about kidney donation,
and other interesting and informative websites. Also, below is a listing of articles/shows pertaining to
me and my kidney donation.
Thanks so much for visiting my website!
know. Thanks so much! (-:
Some of the articles that were written about myself, articles about kidney matches that
I made, or people who I have inspired to donate a kidney:
Jewish Press, February 8, 2006 - Website: www.ourjerusalem.com
Click on the following pdf file: American Jewish World
at this event were, Dr. Stuart Greenstein, a person in need of a kidney, and a person who had a
kidney transplant. Click on the following pdf file: Review - Halachic Organ Donation Seminar
My radio interviews:
You can hear it on this website on the left hand of the page, above.)
My TV Appearances:
Click on home page to view this video.
I am mentioned in the following books:
|"Donating a kidney was the greatest experience of my life, if I can do it again, I would do it again tomorrow"
|Article that was written about me in
|"Someone like Chaya is very special.
There's is no one else helping find
matches, or if they are, they're a broker
and asking for money. She just wants to
help people." Quote by Vanessa Evans
who is in need of a kidney, in her interview
with the weekly newspaper, The Jewish
Advocate (Boston) - May 1, 2009. For the
article(in pdf format), click on: "Bostonians
Helped By Kidney Matchmaker"
|Above is a taping of my call in to NY
Assemblyman Dov Hikind's radio
show. on June 25, 2009. Assemblyman
Hikind commented on the show,
"I know Chaya.
She is absolutely remarkable"
|Above is a taping of my call-in on the
Michael Savage radio program
on June 23, 2009, regarding my
kidney donation project.
by NY Assemblyman Dov Hikind
To see official announcement, click here.
(note: date of event was postponed)
|To view my You Tube video on
Kidney Donation, Click here
|"You remain a beacon of light in a dark world, and
you're setting a standard for people everywhere."
- NY Assemblyman Richard Brodsky
in a letter written to me. To read the letter, click here
(Assemblyman Brodsky's personal info was removed from this letter
before I scanned this letter and put it here on my website
|"I am always impressed with all the good you do
for so many people"
- Linda Small, former Executive Director
National Kidney Foundation of Southern California
and Executive Director of the Ann & George Lopez Foundation
|"The doctors would not be able to do this great work without help from people like you.
So thank you for your support and outreach."
- Comment I received from NY-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
Comment was left by the hospital on the hospital's website for their video on kidney donation. For this video, click here
|To view my TV Interview, titled,
"Kidney Matchmaker", Click Here