Press Release: Workshop will help kidney patients share their stories

People in need of a kidney transplant can learn strategies for reaching potential living donors at a workshop in Buffalo on October 24. Harvey Mysel, president of the nonprofit Living Kidney Donors Network, will lead the informational session entitled “Having Your Donor Find You!”

The workshop includes tools for kidney patients to effectively communicate their own situations, including writing out one’s story and preparing a 30 second “elevator speech.” Mysel will also highlight successful examples of ways others have shared their need for a transplant, from social media posts and news coverage to t-shirts and billboards.

More than 94,000 Americans are currently on the waiting list for a kidney transplant. Last year, there were 21,167 kidney transplants, with 6,442 kidneys given by living donors. 

Erie County Medical Center will host “Having Your Donor Find You!” from 5-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 24 in the Dr. Joseph A. Zizzi Sr. Conference Center on the 2nd Floor of the Main Hospital at 462 Grider St., Buffalo, NY  14215. The Kidney Foundation of WNY and the Kidney Connection are collaborating with ECMC to offer the workshop for free to local kidney patients and caregivers.

Those wishing to register can call the Kidney Foundation of WNY at 716-529-4390 or email