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KidneyLink.org Offers Critical Information to Thousands in Need of Kidney Transplants and Kidney Donors

Friday, March 12, 2010 Medical PDA News J E 4
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New Website, www.kidneylink.org, launches during March - National Kidney Month

KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- There's a new online resource for more than 83,000 Americans currently waiting for a kidney transplant and the thousands more who will need one soon – www.kidneylink.org.

KidneyLink.org cuts through the clutter and confusion surrounding kidney transplants and provides critical information when it is most needed. Written and reviewed by top kidney transplant and medical professionals, KidneyLink helps those in need of a kidney transplant easily and effectively navigate the three main transplant options available – deceased, living and paired donation.

"The goal of KidneyLink is to provide those in need of a kidney transplant, as well as potential kidney donors, the basic information needed to make educated decisions regarding this life-changing event," said Patrick G. Dean, M.D., a member of KidneyLink's advisory committee and a transplant surgeon at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

In addition to in-depth information on these three options, KidneyLink also features an interactive map that highlights transplant centers across the country. The map allows users to search by zip code and provides vital statistics for each center. Those in need of kidney transplants can review information on each center's waiting list, average waiting period, successful transplants performed in the past year and more.

KidneyLink.org also answers many frequently asked questions about the kidney donation and transplant process, provides up-to-the-minute kidney transplant news and shares personal kidney transplant stories from across the country.

KidneyLink.org is a free program provided by the PKD Foundation. PKD Foundation is the only organization worldwide dedicated to finding treatments and a cure for polycystic kidney disease (PKD), the leading genetic cause of kidney disease. Learn more at www.kidneylink.org or www.pkdcure.org. For media assistance, contact Lauren Henson at 816-268-8487 or laurenh@pkdcure.org.

SOURCE PKD Foundation

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