SafeBee Poll: 70 Percent of Respondents Would Consider Donating an Organ to a Stranger
Last week Matt Neal, 26, posted on Facebook that he’d trade a pair of Yeezy sneakers for a kidney.
Neal, who lives in Michigan, says he has two failing kidneys. The collectible shoes — limited edition Adidas x Kanye West Yeezy Boost 350 sneakers — sold out immediately after their release on August 22, according to Business Insider. Made by rap/hip hop artist Kanye West, aka Yeezy, with Adidas, they are currently advertised on eBay for prices in the high hundreds and even thousands of dollars.
Neal is part of a large group of people using creative ways to try to find organs they need. (According to the National Kidney Foundation, 123,193 people in the United States await lifesaving organ transplants and 101,662 of them await kidney transplants.) In April, after the story of a man driving around with a sign on the back of his truck seeking a kidney donor for his wife went viral on social media and hundreds of people offered to donate, SafeBee conducted a poll. We asked readers: Would you ever consider donating an organ to someone you don’t know?
The results surprised us:
- Yes: 71 %
- No: 14%
- I’m not sure: 15%
Why would a healthy person give up a perfectly good kidney? After all, donating a kidney is no small deal. There are potential health, financial and emotional consequences. For instance, you may be at greater risk for high blood pressure after donating a kidney.
“The most common reason for donation is due to emotional ties, such as between spouses and other family members. However, increasingly we are finding donors who are interested in donating … to people they do not personally know. The motivations of these individuals is best summed up by one of my previous donors who said that his life would not be complete if he died with two kidneys and was not able to donate one to someone to help them out.”
This year the National Kidney Foundation launched the campaign The Big Ask/The Big Give (#bigaskbiggive) to help people learn more about asking for, and donating, a kidney. For people seeking a kidney, the foundation offers tips on how to raise awareness of your situation and share your story, including on social media.
Take our poll if you haven’t already, and leave a comment if this story struck a chord.