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people as possible, of all races and religions, who are in need of a kidney and to try to find kidney donors for as many
people as possible. I hope through this website I would be able to encourage more altruistic living kidney donation
Since I donated a kidney to a stranger in September 2005 after seeing an ad in a newspaper for someone in need of a
kidney, I kept seeing more ads placed by others who were in desperate need of a kidney. So I decided to start a project to
help others in need of a kidney. I first took out a booth at an Expo in New York City in December 2005 to promote kidney
donation an educate the public. Since then, from time to time I post on the internet and hang up fliers seeking kidney
donors. I have had many inquiries about kidney donation in the past and it was time consuming to keep sending requests
for information. So now, my life will be a little easier, just referring people to my website that will have all the info. Also,
people had wanted to know more about myself since many have seen my postings on the internet and fliers I put up in
communities and some have wanted to make sure I am legit, which I am. So having my own website, with all the information
about myself and my project, does after all legitimize me!
my own and it was difficult and time consuming since I don't have any experience or training in web design. When I was
finnishing up this website before putting on the web, I had needed some help with it. So I decided to post in one of the
Yahoo Groups that I belong to, a request for help with my website. Jonathan Kaplan of Croton Watch Company responded
and helped me get this website up and running in such a short notice. Jonathan didn't know me - I was a total stranger. But
he answered my plea for help and didn't ask for a penny. My deep gratitude to this very special person!
More about myself:
the person I ended up donating a kidney to. The ad said "Please help save a Jewish life - New Jersey mother of 2 in dire
need of kidney - Whoever saves one life from Israel it is as if they saved an entire nation."
keeping this back from my mother, not telling her that I was going to donate a kidney! And I live with her - so it was more
difficult. So I had to do this behind her back - and she didn't find out until after I donated a kidney! Another kidney donor
came to my mother's house to tell my mother first that she had donated a kidney and then said "by the way, your daughter is
in the hospital and also donated a kidney!" Thank G-d, my mother took it well, as expected. For more on my story, click
here, for a speech I gave at a Kidney Disease and Organ Transplantation Forum, in which I tell my story.
Anyhow, since my kidney donation, I still continued to see more ads for people in need of a kidney. I felt like I didn't do
enough and that I needed to do more to help the many others who are in desperate need of a kidney. So I first took out a
booth to promote kidney donation at the Jewish Market Place Expo which was a 3 day event held at the Jacob Javits
Convention Center, New York City, in December 2005.
York Daily News, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Salt Lake Tribune, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz’s publication,
Assemblyman Dov Hikind’s newsletter, and some weekly newspapers in New York, NJ, Minnesota and in Britain. Also, there
was an article in The Salt Lake Tribune about someone who heard me on the radio, and that resulted in that person donating
a kidney that started a 14 person exchange!
I was interviewed by a reporter with CNN. My website has also been mentioned on various other TV websites.
I had spoken at 2 events as well – one was at a Halachic Organ Donation Seminar at a synagogue in New Jersey in July
2006 and the other was a Kidney Disease and Organ Transplantation Forum in November, 2006 that was attended by
government officials. (On the left is a picture of me at the latter event and below that, is a link to a speech I gave at this event
- which is also a story about my kidney donation.)
I have been on the radio as well - on "This American Life” on National Public Radio, twice and on NY Assemblyman Dov
Hikind’s weekly radio show on WMCA AM, New York.
I was also on 3 TV programs including a ½ hour TV special ABC-TV on Organ Donation, called "Giving Life: The Story of
Organ Donation." (See home page for video of this show.)
My brother donated a kidney as well – to someone on my list who was in need of a kidney.
Besides the matches I already made and the others that will be happening soon, I have more kidney matches in the works.
I don’t get paid for doing this and don't charge a fee. Just like my kidney donation was altruistic, so is my kidney
I post from time to time on the internet seeking kidney donors on Craigs List, Yahoo Groups and other venues. I put up fliers
as well. One of the matches I made is a result of the kidney donor seeing a flier I had at a fish store! There was another
match that I was involved with that was also th result of a flier I hung up.
given me the title of "Kidney Matchmaker." After she gave me that title, I thought, hmmm, maybe that is what I am! So every
now and then, I use that title! Thanks Jordan, for the crowning!
I have accumulated a list of a lot of people in need of a kidney. People from many cities in the USA and other parts of the
world have contacted me asking me to find a kidney donor for them.
My goal is to help save lives of others who are in desperate need of a kidney regardless of race or religion.
internet, I strongly suggest that one questions first the person in need of a kidney. First find out if they have any siblings,
children, etc. If they do, find out if they have had any family members tested, There are many people out there who don't
have any family members to donate a kidney to them and have no choice but to seek out strangers. These are the people
that should be considered first for kidney donation. When someone in need of a kidney calls me up and asks me to find a
kidney donor for them, I first question them about having family members test for them. This needs to be encouraged. I have
had to turn down people in need of a kidney who have had family members to donate a kidney to them, but did not want to
take a kidney from a family member! This is wrong, unless that family member has medical or psychological issues. I have a
list of many people in need of a kidney and if someone sees a posting that I have and says they want to donate a kidney to
someone, I would generally match that person up with someone who either doesn't have any family members their blood
type, or who have had family members tested but were ot a match or were ruled out for kidney donation because of their
own medical issues.
information. please feel free to contact me! I would be happy to give any information needed. No obligation. Also one can
click on "Donate a Kidney" for more information, such as requirements and what's involved with the process including testing
- and also click on "Websites-KidneyDonation" for stories about kidney donors, organizations that give you more information
about kidney donation, and other interesting and informative websites.
Below is a listing of articles/shows pertaining to me and my kidney donation.
Thanks so much for visiting my website!
Some of the articles that were written about myself, articles about kidney matches that I made, or people
who I have inspired to donate a kidney:
Greenstein, a person in need of a kidney, and a person who had a kidney transplant. For the article, Click here.
My radio interviews:
You can hear it on my website on the left hand of this page. Website: www.talklinecommunications.com
My TV Appearances:
I was mentioned on the following TV Programs:
Kidney and/or liver matches that I made, mentioned on the following TV programs:
I am mentioned in the following books:
My heartfelt thanks to:
|"Donating a kidney was the greatest experience of my life, if I can do it again, I would do it again tomorrow"
|Article that was written about me in
|"Someone like Chaya is very special.
There's is no one else helping find
matches, or if they are, they're a broker
and asking for money. She just wants to
help people." Quote by Vanessa Evans who
is in need of a kidney, in her interview with
the weekly newspaper, The Jewish Advocate
(Boston) - May 1, 2009. For the article(in pdf
format), click on: "Bostonians Helped By
|Above is a taping of my call in to NY
Assemblyman Dov Hikind's radio
show. on June 25, 2009. Assemblyman
Hikind commented on the show,
"I know Chaya.
She is absolutely remarkable"
|Above is a taping of my call-in on the
Michael Savage radio program
on June 23, 2009, regarding my
kidney donation project.
by NY Assemblyman Dov Hikind
To see official announcement, click here.
(note: date of event was postponed)
|To view my You Tube video on
Kidney Donation, Click here
|"You remain a beacon of light in a dark world, and
you're setting a standard for people everywhere."
- NY Assemblyman Richard Brodsky
in a letter written to me. To read the letter, click here
(Assemblyman Brodsky's personal info was removed from this letter
before I scanned this letter and put it here on my website
|"I am always impressed with all the good you do
for so many people"
- Linda Small, former Executive Director
National Kidney Foundation of Southern California
& Executive Director of the Ann & George Lopez Foundation
|"The doctors would not be able to do this great work without help from
people like you. So thank you for your support and outreach."
- Comment I received from NY-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
Comment was left by the hospital on the hospital's website for their video on kidney donation.
For this video, click here
|To view my TV Interview, titled,
"Kidney Matchmaker", Click Here
|“I can’t begin to thank you enough for
all your help and support during this
whole process. You have been with me
since day one. and your support has
- Margery Lipenski, kidney donor,
from one of my kidney matches.
|My radio interview on
Josh Hasten Show - Voice of Israel
February 28, 2015
|"You continue to go above and beyond to help others in
need. Thank you helping so many people , including
myself and our transplant team with spreading the
message of living kidney donation! You’re the best!"
- Dr. Joseph Del Pizzo, Associate Professor of Urology and
Transplantation Surgery ,Weill Cornell Medical College
|"Thank you very much for your support and help! I appreciate it very very much. It was a great
pleasure to work with you."
– e-mail I received from Polina Katz,kidney donor coordinator, Ichelov-Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center. Israel
|"You are Hashem (G-d's) gift to the
- former NY Assemblyman, Dov Hikind, as he
said to me at an event in December 2018