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The life of someone who receives a kidney donation changes within days. Their color and energy returns. Their itching stops. Those once forced to go on dialysis no longer need be tethered to a blood filtration machine as often as three times a week. The turnaround becomes even more pronounced for those who receive a new kidney from a living donor. The recovery tends …

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An average of 20 Americans die each day awaiting an organ transplant. More than 114,000 people are on the national transplant waiting list, including more than 10,000 in New York State – where organ donor rates lag behind those of most other states. “It’s not that the people in New York State don’t care, it’s that they don’t know how easy it is to donate,” said Thomas J…

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An average of 20 Americans die each day awaiting an organ transplant, according to the federal Department of Health and Human Services. More than 114,000 people are on the national transplant waiting list, including more than 10,000 in New York State. A single donor can provide up to eight people with lifesaving organs and greatly impact at least 50 others through ti…

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Jason Batch has had to quit his job, and the transmission on his 2007 Dodge Nitro SUV is about to go, but those setbacks pale compared to his need for a kidney transplant. Batch, 29, of Amherst, was born with a kidney condition – peripheral glomerulonephritis – that has slowly sapped both his kidneys. He was forced to go on dialysis in January, take a leave this mont…

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Brian Conn started last year struggling with the suicide of his father, trying to soothe the pain through long hours on the job, followed by too much time away from home with friends. Scott Dodson pushed through the year afraid for his life. His kidneys were failing, prospects for dialysis neared and a transplant was the only thing that could save him in the long run. …