When I thought up this whole film concept in August, I honestly never thought about all that we’ve had to do since then. I thought I could just raise some money, drive around, film other donors, and that would be it.
I was mistaken! Yesterday, we finished up the paperwork for the non-profit. We already had a DBA and an LLC, which, apparently, we did all backwards. Hahahaha! We wanted all of our bases covered, so we don’t get into trouble down the road.
So, I had to come up with a name for it. And officers. What??? It looks like I will be doing this for a living once the film is done. It’s called “One Kidney Is Enough,” which is a name I crowd-sourced with my besties. For live kidney donors, there aren’t many places that do long-term testing. That HAS to change. We get zero support from anywhere once our 2-year check-up comes. That HAS to change. There honestly isn’t enough information out there to create awareness for live organ donation. That HAS to change.
There are almost 100,000 people waiting for an organ, and over 90% of those people are waiting for a kidney. It’s appalling. My paralegal’s father just died of kidney disease, after ten years on dialysis. That’s just not right. My eyes welled up when he told me yesterday. I felt terribly, because it was just so easy.
I had a long conversation with one of my friends yesterday about being called a “hero.” I’m not a hero. I saw a need and fulfilled it. We are all people. This should be an everyday occurrence. What happened to humanity???? If I could grow another kidney and donate it, I would. Over and over again. Why are people so afraid?
Because there’s nothing out there to ease people’s minds. I see a lot of kidney foundations that are raising money. For what? To pay salaries? To put on a walk every year?
A walk isn’t enough.