The mission of the Ron Springs Gift for Life Foundation is to promote awareness, early detection, prevention of kidney disease, and other contributory diseases and complications directly related to these life-threatening conditions; and to provide access to donor-oriented services and education in underserved communities across the United States.
The two main causes of chronic kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure, which are responsible for up to two-thirds of the cases. Diabetes happens when your blood sugar is too high, causing damage to many organs in your body, including the kidneys and heart, as well as blood vessels, nerves and eyes. High blood pressure, or hypertension, occurs when the pressure of your blood against the walls of your blood vessels increases. If uncontrolled, or poorly controlled, high blood pressure can be a leading cause of heart attacks, strokes, and chronic kidney disease. Also, chronic kidney disease can cause high blood pressure.
Many people who need transplants of organs and tissues cannot get them because of a shortage of donations. Every month, more than 2,000 new names are added to the national waiting list for organ transplants, and about 18 people due every day while waiting for an organ transplant in the U.S. Organ and tissue donation helps others by giving them a second chance at life.
There are two types of kidney transplants: those that come from living donors and those that come from unrelated donors who have died (non-living donors).
Identifying yourself as an organ and/or tissue donor is simple. Simply visit the Donate Life America website at www.donatelife.net and choose your state of residence to learn about the options in your area, which might include:
*Join your state's online registry
*Declare your intentions on your drivers license
*Sign a donor card