Published on March 05, 2020

Tower Health Transplant Institute Hosts Living Donor Event in Recognition of National Kidney Month

West Reading, PA., March 5, 2020 - In recognition of National Kidney Month in March, Tower Health Transplant Institute will host "The Big Ask: The Big Give" workshop to teach kidney patients, their families, and friends how to find a living kidney donor, and educate about living donor kidney transplant. The event will be held on Saturday, March 7, in partnership with the National Kidney Foundation, at the Reading Hospital - Tower Health Conference Center from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

"The wait for a kidney transplant can be long and emotional for patients and their families," said Karthik Ranganna, MD, Medical Director, Kidney Transplant Tower Health Transplant Institute. "We know it can be difficult to ask someone to consider donating. I would encourage anyone in need of a kidney transplant to attend and learn effective approaches to help identify a living donor."

The interactive workshop is free and will teach participants effective strategies and tips for finding potential living donors. Attendees will also meet Tower Health Transplant Institute physicians and team members, get answers to common concerns, learn how to tell their personal story to inspire others to consider donation, network with other kidney patients and families. Also in attendance to share their personal story will be Bert and Angel Fox. Angel donated her kidney to her high school sweetheart, now husband, Bert. 

Stephen Guy, MD, Director, Kidney Transplant, Tower Health Transplant Institute said, "We will also educate attendees on common misconceptions related to living organ donation. Family and friends are invited to attend to learn how they can be a successful advocate in finding a prospective donor." 

"The kidneys play a vital role in our everyday health," said Marielle Van Thuyne, Program Manager at the National Kidney Foundation. "At this event we provide the necessary tools and resources to help those in need of a kidney transplant start the life-saving conversation about donation."

Space at "The Big Ask: The Big Give" is limited so interested individuals and donors are asked to register at www.kidney.org/PANJ or call 215-923-8611, extension 743 to reserve a seat.

Dr. Ranganna and Dr. Guy are available for media interviews upon request to discuss the importance of living donors in transplant surgery.

About Tower Health  

Tower Health is a strong, regional, integrated healthcare provider/payer system that offers leading-edge, compassionate healthcare and wellness services to a population of 2.5 million people. With more than 14,000 team members, Tower Health consists of Reading Hospital in West Reading; Brandywine Hospital in Coatesville; Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia; Jennersville Hospital in West Grove; Phoenixville Hospital in Phoenixville; Pottstown Hospital in Pottstown; and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, a partnership of Tower Health and Drexel University in Philadelphia. It also includes Reading Hospital Rehabilitation at Wyomissing; Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences in West Reading; home healthcare services provided by Tower Health at Home; and a network of 22 urgent care facilities across the Tower Health service area.  Tower Health offers a connected network of 2,200 physicians, specialists, and providers across more than 230 convenient locations. For more information, visit towerhealth.org