Reporter: Regina Ahn
11:21 PM PDT October 13, 2021
SAN DIEGO — Experts say 37 million Americans are battling chronic kidney disease and 100,000 of them are waiting for a transplant. Organ donors save lives, but the steps to become one are complex and can be expensive.
It’s known as the silent killer: kidney disease. But what’s worse is the wait time is about five to 10 years to find a kidney donor. One man is hoping to change that by creating his own nonprofit organization dedicated to making it easier for those who want to save a life...
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San Diego, California, October 18, 2021 — San Diego resident, Glenn Cogan's journey as a living kidney donor will not be stopping at saving just one important life this October 25th, 2021, when he donates a kidney to his wife Lisa's cousin Kim in Dallas, Texas. That is because Glenn is not the type of person to sit idly by knowing there is a loophole that might be at least partly to blame for some of the 17 daily deaths for people on organ transplant waiting lists. “Money or financial situations should never delay a living organ transplant surgery or prevent a person from considering donating a lifesaving organ.”, Cogan said.
To help facilitate and simplify the process for living donors needing financial support with non-medical related expenses associated with donating a lifesaving organ, Glenn launched FreeToLive, a dba of the Living Donor Support Network, the nonprofit he officially registered as a 501(c)3 text exempt charitable organization on September 29th, 2021,. Glenn hopes his nonprofit will also encourage more potential living donors to consider donating an organ.
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