written by
Harvey Mysel

The “Pinking” of America

Category C 1 min read

It seems the whole world is focused on breast cancer, pink ribbons are everywhere. We are living in a virtually pink world.

This is a great achievement and an excellent demonstration of what happens when many people speak out for a common cause.

You can take this example and bring it down to the personal level by having more people, advocates help spread the word about your need for a kidney transplant. After all, the only way someone can offer to donate is if they are knowledgeable about living kidney donation and aware of your need.

Here are just a few ideas on how you and your advocates can spread the word:

  • Write an email or letter to the people you know.
    (See http://livingkidneydonorsnetwork.org/letter_from_friend.html for an example)
  • When you, (or your advocates) are asked, “what’s new,” let them know!
  • You can get creative, as when I met someone who wore a pin that said, “Ask me why I need a Kidney Transplant”. That will prompt you to start a conversation.
  • Does your school, place of worship or other organization have a newsletter? Ask them if they would be interested in writing a story about you. A member of a religious organization followed up with a letter after their religious leader let the congregation know about her situation.
    (See http://livingkidneydonorsnetwork.org/letter_religious.html )
  • Local TV, radio, or newspapers write stories all the time about people who need a kidney transplant.

Create your own stepping stones!

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