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"Take the First Step" Campaign

Better Kidney Health Begins With What You Know: Take the First Step for Transplant Referral

Research has proven that kidney transplantation offers advantages over dialysis for most ESRD patients in both quality of life and survival.

National research indicates that women have a lower chance of receiving hemodialysis and kidney transplant than men, but they constitute the majority of living kidney donors.* Within the Network 4 community, the female transplant referral rate is 37.2% compared to the male referral rate of 51.7%.**

The purpose of this campaign is to focus attention on improving the transplant referral rates of women in Network 4. Facilities will be asked to take part in the Take the First Step Campaign to aid those female patients to take the first step and be referred to a transplant center.

Campaign Resources


Take the First Step Campaign
Are You Kidney Me?
Why Have a Transplant?

Patient Testimonials

Carole's Story
Denise's Story
Diana's Story
Lou's Story
Terry's Story

Additional Resources

Network 4 Transplant Centers
Life Expectancy for Transplant vs. Dialysis
Impact of Dialysis Time on Survival Rates
Clinical Briefing: Paired Kidney Exchange for Kidney Transplantation
2014 Campaign: Me, Too!

* American Journal of Nephrology. 2005 Sep-Oct;25(5):474-83. Epub 2005 Aug 26.
**Data calculated from ESRD Network 4 facility sample size.