Unlocking Hope: The Power of Living Kidney Donor Advanced Voucher Programs

Voucher Program Video

Living kidney donation is a powerful act of kindness, saving lives and fostering hope for those in need. We’ll delve into this innovative approach, shedding light on its benefits.

What is an Advanced Voucher Program?

In essence, an advanced voucher program is a forward-thinking initiative designed to streamline and optimize the process of living kidney donation. Traditional kidney donation involves a willing donor offering a kidney to a specific recipient. However, advanced voucher programs introduce a novel twist to this narrative.

Imagine a scenario where a generous individual, like yourself, wishes to donate a kidney but doesn’t have a specific recipient in mind. You donate to a stranger who is in kidney failure. And, your loved one receives a voucher. This voucher can be redeemed at a later date.

How Does It Work?

The advanced voucher system operates on the principle of paying it forward. Once a donor provides a kidney, the voucher allows a loved one or a designated recipient to receive a transplant when they need it. This forward-looking approach ensures that the act of donation continues to ripple through time, reaching individuals who may not have been identified at the time of the initial donation.

Benefits of Advanced Voucher Programs

  1. Flexibility and Timing: The donor has the flexibility to choose the optimal time for the transplant and a loved one is matched with a kidney when they need it.
  2. Expanding the Donor Pool: By dissociating the donation from a specific recipient, advanced voucher programs open the door to a broader pool of potential donors.
  3. Reducing Wait Times: The voucher system can potentially shorten the waiting time for recipients, addressing the critical issue of organ shortage.


Advanced voucher programs represent a promising evolution in the landscape of living kidney donation. By embracing this forward-thinking approach, we can pave the way for a more efficient, flexible, and impactful process, ultimately saving more lives and spreading hope within our communities.


Watch the fun, animated video on Voucher Programs HERE



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Glenna Frey, APRN-CNS, is a nephrology nurse who donated her kidney in April 2017 to a stranger.
Amanda Frey, M.A., LMFT, LPC, is a Marriage and Family Therapist living with kidney disease.
Together, they co-founded Kidney Donor Conversations in 2018 to provide education about Living Kidney Donation.


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